Shadow Game

country, year
The Netherlands, 2021

genre
documentary

running time
90′

directed by
Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel

language
Arabic, English

subtitles
Slovenian

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.