Stranger in Paradise

"We don’t want you. We just can’t do it." In a classroom, a teacher uses math to explain to a group of refugees what their arrival will cost society. The asylum seekers try to refute the figures. They will work, won’t they, and contribute to society? The teacher shatters their illusions: half of them will never find work. In three acts, director and screenwriter Guido Hendrikx explains the European view of the refugee crisis. The man receives three groups of migrants, each time adopting a different attitude. (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016)

Director's Biography
GUIDO HENDRIKX, born in 1987, is a Dutch documentary filmmaker. He studied at the University of Utrecht and worked as a freelance journalist. In 2010, he presented his film debut Day Is Done* at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and began his studies as a documentary film director at the Netherlands Film Academy – AHK. // Films (selection): Day Is Done* (2010, short doc), Escort (2013, short doc), Studyfactory (2013, short doc), Onder Ons (Among Us, 2014, short doc), Stranger in Paradise (2016, doc)
Competition Documentary 2017
Guido Hendrikx
Netherlands 2016
color & black and white
72 minutes
Dutch / English
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Guido Hendrikx
Cinematography Emo Weemhoff
Editing Lot Rossmark
Sound/Sounddesign Taco Drijfhout, Tijn Hazen
Music Ella van der Woude, Juho Nurmela
With Valentijn Dhaenens
Producer(s) Frank van den Engel, Guiseppe Contarino (Zeppers Film, NL)
Zeppers Film Ruysdaelkade 223 1072 AW, Amsterdam The Netherlands
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016

Internationale Premiere / International Premiere
CPH:DOX 2017 / True/False Film Fest 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere
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