Stranger in Paradise

    • Guido Hendrikx
    • Netherlands, The
    • 2016
    • 72 min

    Synopsis

    In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees receive lessons from a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) who has some rather unbalanced traits. One moment he mercilessly rejects the refugees – the next, mollifyingly, he embraces them. Operating at the intersection of documentary and fiction, Stranger in Paradise investigates the power relations between Europe and refugees.
    Europe is represented by a teacher who drags his class of refugees down into his despair. A plea that borders on the immoral; a welcome charged with a guilt complex; and the compromise between these, made policy: Stranger in Paradise is an unflinching film essay on the mechanisms through which Europe tackles the refugees’ desire for happiness.

    Credits

    Director
    Guido Hendrikx
    Production
    Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV

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    72', video, color / black and white
    Spoken languages
    English
    Dutch

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    • 72 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
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    Zeppers Film & TV
    World Sales
    CAT&Docs
    Distribution for the Netherlands
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    Director
    Guido Hendrikx
    Production
    Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV
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