We are the proud winners of the Gouden Kalf (gold calf) prize for Best Long Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival 2021!
Would you like to see the film, or recommend it to friends or family? For viewers who are based in the Netherlands, Shadow Game can now be watched online through the following platforms:
If you are based outside the Netherlands, please see the list of international film festivals that will be screening the film at the bottom of this page. We hope to be seeing you there!
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.
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?
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!
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
Festival Protesta In Vic – 15/10/21 to 23/10/21
Festival Des Libertés – 21/10/21 to 30/10/21
MOVE IT! Human Rights Festival – 04/11/2021 to 10/11/2021
One World Slovakia – 05/11/21 to 11/11/21
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
Solidarity Tel Aviv Human Rights Film Festival – 09/12/2021 to 18/12/2021