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Sweden, 2013



running time


directed by

Jens Assur


French, Chinese




In an enclosed space eleven nameless strangers, nine Africans and two Chinese, are on a journey into the unknown. In transition from one world to another under challenging circumstances, they are forced to confront each other’s prejudices in order to establish a temporary and functioning society. The film reflects the world in microcosm, a world in which everything ultimately comes down to survival.


JENS ASSURabout the author

Jens Assur, is a world-renowned photographer and filmmaker whose writing and directing debut, The Last Dog in Rwanda, announced the arrival of a visionary new talent. Drawing from his experiences as a war photographer, the film won numerous international awards including the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand and Best Film at Tribeca Film Festival, as well as prizes at Sydney and Rome Film Festivals amongst others. Assur pushes the envelope further with his latest film, Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys. Assur lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and in Los Angeles, USA.

Filmography: Hot Nasty Teen (2014), A Society (2013), Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys (2011), The Last Dog in Rwanda (2005).


festivals, awards (selection)

International Shorts Award – Dokufest, Kosovo (2013); Critics’ Award – Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), South Korea (2013); Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2013; Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival; Guanajuato International Film Festival; Los Angeles Film Festival