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Shadow Game is a coming-of-age story, a journey through the dark side of Europe with underage refugees as our guides.

Every day, unaccompanied refugee minors attempt to cross Europe’s borders, in search of safety and a better life. They travel through a shadow world we never see: a world of minefields, bears, fast-flowing rivers, smugglers and border guards. Risking their lives, the teenagers make the treacherous journey, which they call ‘the game’. Along the way, they grow up fast.

Shadow Game is a project by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel. It consists of a feature-length documentary, a web series, an adventure game and a photo series in collaboration with Cigdem Yuksel.

The project will be launched at the end of 2020.


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Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel, Zuhoor Al Qaisi


Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel

Interactive direction

Sara Kolster


Ton Peters

Online concept

Eefje Blankevoort & Sara Kolster


Patrick Schonewille


Laura Verduijn for Prospektor, Iris Lammertsma en Femke de Wild for Witfilm


Cigdem Yuksel


Aimée de Jongh


Little Chicken, Happy Volcano, Niels ‘t Hooft


Hamid Sallali

Impact team

Tina Farifteh, Nienke Huitenga, Lara Aerts

Shadow Game is co-production by Witfilm, Prospektor and KRO-NCRV and is supported by NPO-fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Nederlands Filmfonds, Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten and Free Press Unlimited.