STRANGER IN PARADISE

Directed by Guido Hendrikx
| Netherlands | 2016 | English | Arabic Subtitles | 72'


Three groups of refugees just arrived in the Netherlands are "interviewed" by actor Valentijn Dhaenens, who is impersonating a social worker. He explains to the first group how much they’re costing, the risks they bring, and why Europeans don’t want them. To the second, an idyllic picture is painted in which they will be welcomed with open arms. The third group is asked bureaucratic questions regarding the right to asylum. Three approaches, a mirror of our failed responses in the face of human despair: rejection, idealism, indifference.