Film - Shadow Game A Brothers' Journey - NOW ONLINE 30:00 Now online! 27:00 Now online! 25:00 Coming soon 30:00


Watch the prize-winning documentary

We are the proud winners of the Gouden Kalf (gold calf) prize for Best Long Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival and the Prix Europa – Media Competition for all over Europe 2021.

In November 2021 the film was broadcasted by Dutch broadcaster KRO-NCRV on NPO2. Would you like to see the film, or recommend it to friends or family? For viewers who are based in the Netherlands, Shadow Game (with Dutch subtitles) can now be watched online through the following platforms:
Watch on Picl and support your local art house cinema. Or watch on Pathé, YouTube, Google PlayPrime Video or iTunes.
– You can watch the 56 minute version of the film on 2Doc, which also features an interview of the directors.
We’d love to hear what you think of it!

For viewers outside the Netherlands, the film will be made available online from June 2022. Or visit us on one of the international film festivals that will be screening the film, see the list at the bottom of this page. We hope to be seeing you there!


Do you want to know what happened to the boys after the film? Watch the short follow-up documentaries Jano & Shiro, a Brothers’ Journey, Durrab’s Labyrinth or Hammoudi’s Dream, or read more about the other main characters on this page.

The Shadow Game directors and main characters at the Dutch Film Festival.

A journey through the dark side of Europe

Shadow Game is an experimentally filmed account of the far-reaching consequences of European asylum policy. Now that fences have gone up all over Europe, seeking asylum has become almost impossible. The teenagers cross snowy landscapes and meet aggressive border police on their way. Reaching their final destination has become more difficult than ever. Their journey takes them through the whole of Europe: from Greece to North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Italy to France and The Netherlands. The film was shot over a period of three years, partly by the main characters themselves on their phones. 


The protagonists

A Modern Odyssey

Durrab (16 from Pakistan) tries to cross the 152-km-long double fence on the border of Serbia and Hungary. In Greece, 15-year-old Afghan ‘SK’ is just at the beginning of his journey. All over Europe, we meet kids who have already tried uncountable times to do ‘the game’ and are now stuck, like Iranian Mo, Pakistani Yaseen, Afghan Fouad and Iraqi Mustafa. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syrian Hammoudi, at 14 the youngest of them all, recounts his attempt to pass the ‘last level’. In the same camp, brothers Jano (18) and Shiro (15) from Syria are preparing for their final move. Meanwhile in Ventimiglia, Faiz (17) from Darfur is doubting whether to try to cross into France once again.

Shadow Game is a mosaic story in which the experiences of many young refugees on the road are forged together into one universal tale: a modern Odyssey. Will they overcome the numerous obstacles they face? And will they find a new home?

Will you help the boys speak at the European Parliament?

SK, Mohammed, and the other boys want to make their voices heard, at the very centre of power in Europe. They want to tell their stories and what they have experienced, how their rights have been violated within Europe’s borders.

Around World Refugee Day – June 20th 2022 – SK and Mohammed will present this petition to the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Member States. Support them in their mission and sign the petition!

Sign the manifesto




Sibersalz Film Festival – 15/09/21 to 19/09/21

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin – 15/09/21 to 25/09/21

Nederlands Film Festival – 24/09/2021 to 02/10/21

LUCAS International Festival For Young Film Lovers – 30/09/21 to 07/10/21

UNHCR Refugee Film Festival – 01/10/21 to 14/11/21

Online Theatre UNHCR WILL2LIVE Cinema – 01/10/21 to 14/11/21

Terra Di Tutti Film Festival – 04/10/21 to 10/10/21

Prix Europa – 10/10/2021 to 15/10/2021
Potsdam, Germany

Festival Protesta In Vic – 15/10/21 to 23/10/21
Catalonia, Spain

Festival Des Libertés – 21/10/21 to 30/10/21

MOVE IT! Human Rights Festival – 04/11/2021 to 10/11/2021
Dresden, Germany

One World Slovakia – 05/11/21 to 11/11/21

Festival Cinéma et Droits Humains – 14/11/21
Paris, France

Special screening i.c.w. Slovenian Migration Institute – 16/11/2021
Maribor, Slovenia

Mostra-Me Human Rights Film Festival – 22/11/21 to 24/11/21
Lisbon, Portugal

Global Health Film Festival – 25/11/2021 to 05/12/2021
UK & Ireland

Human Rights Film Festival Zurich – 02/12/21 to 07/12/21

Special screening i.c.w. Centre for Peace Studies – 07/12/2021 to 08/12/2021
Human Rights Film Festival, Croatia

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 09/12/2021
Human Rights Day, Brussels, Belgium

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 10/12/2021
Human Rights Day, Rome, Italy

Solidarity Tel Aviv Human Rights Film Festival – 09/12/2021 to 18/12/2021

JEF Festival – 19/02/2022 to 06/03/2022
Antwerp, Belgium

Special screening i.c.w. Centre for Peace Studies – 25/02/2022 to 27/02/2022
ZagrebDox Festival, Croatia

Luxembourg City Film Festival – 03/03/2022 to 13/03/2022

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 04/03/2022 to 13/03/2022
FIFDH, Switzerland

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 26/04/2022 to 29/04/2022
Conference of INGO’s, Strasbourg, France

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 29/04/2022 to 30/04/2022
Brussels, Belgium

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 01/06/2022
Ciné-ONU Brussels, Belgium

Special screening i.c.w. Centre for Peace Studies – 01/06/2022
Refugee Week, Zagreb, Croatia

Special screening i.c.w. FIACAT – 01/06/2022
University in Rome, Italy


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