At the crossroads of fiction and documentary, this provocative, three-act film essay explores the present-day human motivations for exile and the realities of migration to Europe. Dutch Director Guido Hendrikx investigates different perspectives and belief systems about the movement of people across borders by casting Belgian actor Valentijn Dhaenens in the role of an immigration official working with three different groups of current, real-life asylum seekers and migrants from countries as varied as Syria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Mali. The stories are real, and the drama is human within the construct of contemporary European refugee politics—a living play in which the stakes for each individual are extreme and the rules are seemingly arbitrary. What remains long after the film are the looks in the eyes of each refugee when they are told that, yes, they will receive residency status or, no, they will not.
In Person: Co-writers/Co-producers Giuseppe Contarino, Angela Di Salvo (Stranger in Paradise); Director Mike Seely (Exiled)