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Stranger in Paradise
IDFA 2016

Stranger in Paradise

Guido Hendrikx
Netherlands
2016
72 min
World Premiere
Festival history
IDFA Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary
"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.
Credits
Screening copy
    Zeppers Film & TV
    Zeppers Film & TV
World Sales
    CAT&Docs
    CAT&Docs
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Mokum Filmdistributie
    Mokum Filmdistributie
Involved TV Channel
    VPRO
    VPRO