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Shadow Game


Every day teenagers who have fled their war-torn countries try to cross Europe’s borders in search of protection and a better life. They travel through a shadow world we rarely see: minefields, bears, fast-flowing rivers, smugglers and border guards. ‘The game’ is the bitterly ironic term for crossing borders that has become commonplace among the young refugees who risk their lives undertaking treacherous journeys that can take years. ‘Shadow Game’ is a mosaic story in which the experiences of many young refugees on the road are forged together into one universal tale. Filmed over a period of three years, will they overcome the numerous obstacles they face? And will they find a new home?

Festival Participation

  • Festival des Libertés - 2021
    Best Documentary Prize, Smart Award & Special Mention from the FIDH International Federation for Human Rights
  • PRIX EUROPA - 2021
    Best European TV Documentary of the Year
  • Nederlands Film Festival - 2021
    Goulden Kalf for Best Long Documentary
  • FIFDH Geneva - 2021
    Grand Prize of Geneva & Youth Jury Prize
  • Movies That Matter Festival - 2021
    Dutch Movies Matter Award
  • DOK.Fest Munich - 2021
  • Timisoara Refugee Arts Film Festival - 2021
  • AKS International Minorities Film Festival - 2021
  • Human Rights Film Festival Berlin - 2021
  • Silbersalz Film Festival - 2021
  • LUCAS International Festival for Young Film Lovers - 2021
  • Migrant Film Festival - 2021
  • UNHCR Refugee Film Festival WILL2LIVE - 2021
  • Terra Di Tutti Film Festival - 2021
  • MOSTRA-ME Human Rights Film Festival - 2021

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