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

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  • 72 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
Director
Guido Hendrikx
Production
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
Cinematography
Emo Weemhoff
Editing
Lot Rossmark
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