Stranger in Paradise

  • Guido Hendrikx
  • Netherlands
  • 2016
  • 72 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
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"We don’t want you. We just can’t do it." In a classroom, a teacher uses math to explain to a group of refugees what their arrival will cost society. The asylum seekers try to refute the figures. They will work, won’t they, and contribute to society? The teacher shatters their illusions: half of them will never find work. In three acts, director and screenwriter Guido Hendrikx explains the European view of the refugee crisis. The man receives three groups of migrants, each time adopting a different attitude: dismissive in the first part, then full of empathy and good will in the second. In the last part, he represents actual European immigration policy, with all its complex rules. Hendrikx shows where the refugees’ dreams clash with reality and forces us to think hard about our own position. Is it human to categorize someone else’s life? The absurdity of the dilemma is expounded upon in the prologue and epilogue to this political essay.


  • 72 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Bambara, French
  • Subtitles in: English
Guido Hendrikx
Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV
Executive producer
Elize Kerseboom for Zeppers Film & TV, Erik Glijnis, Julia van Schieveen for Zeppers Film & TV, Fleur Welter for Zeppers Film & TV
Emo Weemhoff
Lot Rossmark
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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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