Shadow Game

country, year
The Netherlands, 2021


running time

directed by
Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel

Arabic, English


about the film
Every day, teenagers who have fled their war-torn countries try to cross Europe’s borders search of protection and a better life. They travel through a shadow world we never see: a world of minefields,  bears, turbulent rivers, smugglers and border guards. ‘The game’ is the bitterly ironic term for crossing borders, which has become a common word among these young refugees. Risking their lives, the  teenagers undertake a treacherous journey that often takes months or, sometimes, years. Along the way, they grow up fast. Shadow Game is a journey through the dark side of Europe, with teenage refugees as our guides.

Shadow Game is a patchwork of the experiences of many young refugees on the road, forged together into a  universal tale.