Stories That Matter 2018 | Stranger in Paradise


Stranger in Paradise

Dir. Guido Hendrikx | 72min | 2016 | M18 (Sexual scenes)

Part social experiment, part classroom exercise, Stranger in Paradise is a brutal look at the realities that confront new migrants to Europe. Led by actor Valentin Dhaenens, a group of real life migrants go through three scenarios in a classroom setting, where they are taken through Europe’s perspective on the economical impact of their presence, differing ideologies towards immigration, and ultimately a selection process that will determine who will be able to stay in the Netherlands.

Dhaenens is sympathetic and forbidding in turns, while the hopeful migrants earnestly share stories of their flight from home. The result is a stripped down, powerful essay on the vulnerability of those who have made the journey to seek ‘Paradise’, their dreams clashing against a reality that ruthlessly categorises and assesses their lives.

· Nominated – CPH:DOX, DOX Award 2017

Screened with

Skin of Palestine

Dir. Santiago Acros | 5:07min | PG

Latin American soccer slang equates the uniforms of a football team to one’s skin. In this case, Palestine’s skin can be found in Chile at the Palestino Futbol Club, which was founded in in 1920 by Palestinian migrants in Santiago, Chile. Chile holds the largest Palestinian community outside the Arab world, with about 350,000 Palestinian descendants.



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About Stories That Matter – Borders

What are the borders that define, divide and restrict communities around the world, and how do we overcome them? Objectifs presents strong statements through the lens of film and photography that confront the impact of geographical, social, and psychological borders on critical issues affecting all of us today, and looks at possibilities for collaboration and change.

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About the filmmakers

Guido Hendrikx (1987) was born and raised in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He studied Liberal Arts & Sciences (Utrecht University, 2007), focusing on courses in philosophy, criminology, film studies and journalism. In 2010, he directed his first short film Day is Done which premiered at IDFA. He enrolled at the Netherlands Film Academy to study Documentary Directing. As a student he directed the internationally acclaimed, award-winning shorts Escort (2013, Oscar Qualifier) and Onder Ons (2014) and co-wrote the script for the short fiction Fernweh (2014, Ena Sendijarevic).

Santiago Arcos was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has been exploring documentary photography and photojournalism since the age of 19. He has worked for several newspapers in Ecuador and has published his personal projects in Slate France, World Policy Journal, The New York Times, Yahoo News, A Photo Editor, Madame Figaro China, Anaconda, Ecuador Terra Incognit and BEX Magazine. His personal work is mainly focused on social and environmental issues.


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Stranger in Paradise by Guido Hendrikx

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