• To the End
  • Swimmer (The)
  • Homebody
  • Dog Valley
  • Being Thunder
  • Being BeBe
  • Dragonfly Boy
  • Perdición (La)
  • Passage
  • Streamy Boy
  • I Want to Talk About Duras
  • Cut!
  • Against the Current
  • Unusual Summer (An)
  • Camila Comes Out Tonight
  • Car Therapy
  • Ese Fin de Semana
  • Carnival (The)
  • Operation Hyacinth
  • Grandmother (The)
  • Maricón Perdido
  • MixedUp
  • Sex and Revolution
  • Collini Case (The)
  • Curse of Lizzie Borden (The)
  • Little Prince(ss) (The)
  • Between Them
  • Name Above Title
  • Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13
  • Inner Cage (The)
  • As I Want
  • Baja Come Down
  • I Am Here - We Are Here Together
  • Caveman
  • Disco Ruin
  • Down in Paris
  • Emergence: Out of the Shadows
  • Faceless
  • Queer Tongues
  • Walk with Angels

Shadow Game

Country: Netherlands, Language: Persian, Pushto, Arabic, English, Kurdish, 90 mins

  • Director: Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel
  • Producer: Femke de Wild, Iris Lammertsma

CGiii Comment

Many of them call it ‘the game’: the journey along the Balkan route into western Europe. For the teenage boys we meet in Shadow Game, it is a way to keep themselves motivated. There are different games: the train game, the container game, the walking game. ‘It’s a mission’, SK (15) from Afghanistan says. ‘If you complete it, you win the game.’ And if you fail, you will try again next time. There really is no other option.

“Shadow Game” brings us very close to the many unaccompanied minors trying to find protection in Europe. The disarming Hammoudi (14) from Syria tells us about the time he was stopped by masked policemen in Croatia. We see Yaseen (17) from Pakistan, carrying a little cat he found and shares his food with. For all of them, and the other boys in the film, the emotional and physical impact of what they’re going through is severe. Still, many retain a youthful, innocent optimism. Warm, human and truly beautiful.