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Music on the run

September 14, 2016 ,

Abandoned by the world, a clear male voice comes from the ‘Jungle of Calais’. He sings, full of melancholy: “I am here, but my soul is at the other side of the ocean.” There isn’t a better way to describe the hopeless state of mind of thousands of refugees in the most well known refugee camp Calais in France. Their hope for a better future turns into fear, despair and apathy. What’s left is music. Out of protest, solidarity or sadness. The camera of renowned filmmaker Frans Bromet observes and registers the refugees and their music up until the moment the camp is closed down. Singing brings back dignity and humanity to people when almost everything is lost.

Backlight: Next Stop Istanbul

August 3, 2016 , , , , ,

With neighbouring Syria in ruins and stricken by a civil war, Turkey keeps its borders closed in exchange for billions of euros from the European Union. Many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans have managed to cross the porous borders and are now in Istanbul, the gateway to Europe. Will they stay there or is crossing to Europe too irresistible?

Forget me not

July 21, 2016 , ,

In the documentary Forget me not we are introduced to a special primary school. The pupils of this school are children of rejected asylum seekers. The School principal and the teachers do all they can to give them the best possible education. Yet each morning they worry that one of their pupils may have been forced to leave the country.

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May 16, 2014

Eight-year-old Congolese Tanans grew up in a refugee welcome zone in Uganda. Together with his family he has come to the Netherlands as an ‘invited refugee’. In the refugee camp, they were selected by the UNHCR to be resettled in the Netherlands and start a new life here.