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DirectorEna Sendijarevic
ProducerIris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers – Pupkin
WriterEna Sendijarevic
CastAlena Dzebo, Mario Knezovic, Esma Hrusto, Aya Crnic
EditorLot Rossmark
CameraEmo Weemhoff
ScreeningThursday 10 November at 17:00h / Friday 11 November at 15:00h
Length17 min
CountyThe Netherlands

An odyssey about the integration process and how a refugee learns to become a new citizen. A short film selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival! Dutch Premiere


A young Bosnian refugee family ends up in a small village in The Netherlands after getting a residence permit in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they are trying to make this new world their home. Bosnian director, living in Amsterdam, underlines: ‘’I have focused on the absurdity of the life of a refugee. By maintaining a certain degree of distance from the characters and by setting a light tone, I have endeavoured not to diminish the characters to victims but have tried to emphasize their humanity.’’

Een verhaal over het integratieproces en hoe een vluchteling leert om een nieuwe burger te worden. Deze korte film werd ook geselecteerd voor de Quinzaine des Réalisateurs op het Cannes Film Festival!


In 1994 komt een jong vluchtelingengezin uit Bosnië na het krijgen van een verblijfsvergunning terecht in een klein dorp in Nederland. Er ontstaan absurde situaties terwijl ze proberen om deze nieuwe wereld hun thuis te maken. Bosnische regisseur, woonachtig in Amsterdam, benadrukt: ”Ik heb mij gericht op de absurditeit van het leven van een vluchteling. Door het houden van een zekere mate van afstand tot de personages en door het voeren van een lichte toon, heb ik geprobeerd personages niet als slachtoffers weer te geven, maar juist om hun menselijkheid te benadrukken.”

FESTIVALS & AWARDS (selection)

Cannes Film Festival, 2016 – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs | Art Film Fest, Slovakia, 2016 | Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal, 2016 | New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland, 2016 | DokuFest, Kosovo, 2016 | São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2016 | Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, Spain, 2016 | BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2016