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About

The project

Shadow Game is an interactive transmedia project by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel, in collaboration with many others. It consists of a feature-length documentary, a short doc series, an adventure game, a photo series in collaboration with Cigdem Yuksel, an exhibition and an impact campaign.

Shadow Game is a co-production by Witfilm, Prospektor and KRO-NCRV.

The story

The phenomenon of unaccompanied children fleeing to Europe is not new. But because many European countries have closed their borders, the associated risks have become extremely high.

The underage refugees mainly come from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Often, they have been on the road for months, even years. They are mostly boys. Their fathers are disabled, old or dead, and now they are the head of the family. Fleeing poverty and war, these children – and their families at home – have already pinned their hopes on Europe. But once they get there, the reality is not what they had hoped.

Shadow Game follows a couple of these youngsters: during their journey and in their countries of arrival. How does a child develop into a young adult under such extreme circumstances? How does your identity take shape when you have had to survive every day? And how do you adjust to your new home?

Els Eefje en jongens
Els, Eefje, Shawaiz, Ali and Durrab in Serbia

Credits

Film

RESEARCH
Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel, Zuhoor Al Qaisi

DIRECTION
Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ton Peters NSC

EDITING
Patrick Schonewille

PRODUCTION
Iris Lammertsma – Witfilm

EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION
Femke de Wild – Witfilm

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Mathilde Niekamp – Witfilm

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Zuhoor, Els, Mama Maria, Simsim and Mohammed Samos, Greece

Many thanks to our local crew:

ITALY

Christine Pawlata Researcher / local producer / translator

Rama Translator Arabic / Urdu / Farsi

SERBIA
Mark Kékesi Researcher / local producer / translator
Sai Divya Kanna Translator Urdu

GREECE
Antonis Repanas Researcher / local producer / translator
Fakhredin Translator Farsi
Michalis Svarnias local producer Samos

Short docs

RESEARCH
Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel, Zuhoor Al Qaisi

DIRECTION
Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel

ONLINE CONCEPT
Eefje Blankevoort & Sara Kolster

INTERACTIVE DIRECTION
Sara Kolster

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ton Peters

EDITING
Francesco Indaco

ANIMATIONS
Aimée de Jongh

PRODUCTION
Iris Lammertsma en Femke de Wild – Witfilm

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DOP Ton Peters together with Hammoudi in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Photo stories

PHOTOGRAPHY
Cigdem Yuksel

cigdem en Mo
Cigdem & Mo

Game

IDEA / CONCEPT
Eefje Blankevoort, Sara Kolster

ADVICE
Ellis Bartholomeus, Niels ‘t Hooft

ARTWORK
Aimée de Jongh

WRITING
Niels ‘t Hooft

GAME DEVELOPMENT
Little Chicken, Happy Volcano

Impact campaign

IMPACT PRODUCTION
Els van Driel, Laura Verduijn, Eefje Blankevoort

MARKETING STRATEGY
Tina Farifteh, Nienke Huitenga

PUBLICITY
Lara Aerts

Partners

UNHCR, Defence for Children, Nidos, VluchtelingenAmbassadeurs, New Dutch Connections, Unicef, VluchtelingenWerk Nederland, FIACAT, Centre for Peace Studies, Zagreb.

Funding

Shadow Game is made possible with support from NPO-fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Nederlands Filmfonds, Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, Free Press Unlimited, UNHCR and Janivo.

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