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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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COLOPHON

Research

Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel, Zuhoor Al Qaisi

Direction

Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel

Interactive direction

Sara Kolster

Camera

Ton Peters

Online concept

Eefje Blankevoort & Sara Kolster

Editing

Patrick Schonewille

Production

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

Photography

Cigdem Yuksel

Artwork

Aimée de Jongh

Game

Little Chicken, Happy Volcano, Niels ‘t Hooft

Design

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.