Shadow Game is a coming-of-age story, a daring journey through Europe with teenagers as our guides. In this interwoven narrative, the experiences of young refugees are forged into a universal story. Can they overcome all obstacles to find a new home?

For three years, directors Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel (THE DEAL) followed several young people on their journey through Europe: from Greece to Serbia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Italy and the Netherlands. The teens fight their way through snowy landscapes and even minefields, encountering aggressive border police along the way. Reaching the final destination is more difficult.

Followed by online conversation with the directors.


Eefje Blankevoort

The journalistic all-rounder studied history in Amsterdam. She also lived in Iran. Blankevoort is co-founder and director of the documentary film production company “Prospektor”.


Els van Driel

The director studied art history and socio-cultural theology in Amsterdam. She worked for the Dutch ecumenical television station IKON and is now a freelance cross-media journalist/director.



SHADOW GAME, NL 2021, 89 min. (Co-Regie)

THE DEAL, NL 2018, 52 min. (Co-Regie)

NIEWE, NL 2014, 20 min. (R: Eefje Blankevoort)



Best Documentary Award, Smart Award and Special Mention from FIDH International Federation for Human Rights at Festival des Libertés 2021 (Belgium), PRIX EUROPA Best European TV Documentary of the Year 2021 (Germany), Goulden Kalf Award for Best Long Documentary at Nederlands Film Festival 2021 (Netherlands), Grand Prix of Geneva and Youth Jury Award at FIFDH Geneva 2021 (Switzerland), Dutch Movies Matter Award at Movies That Matter Festival 2021 (Netherlands), DOK. Fest Munich 2021 (Germany), Timisoara Refugee Arts Film Festival 2021 (Romania), AKS International Minorities Film Festival 2021 (Denmark), Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2021 (Germany), Silbersalz Film Festival 2021 (Germany), LUCAS International Festival for Young Film Lovers 2021 (Germany), Migrant Film Festival 2021 (Slovenia), UNHCR Refugee Film Festival WILL2LIVE 2021 (Japan), Terra Di Tutti Film festival 2021(Italy), MOSTRA-ME Human Rights Film Festival 2021 (Portugal), One World Slovakia 2021 (Slovakia), Festival Cinéma & Droits Humains 2021 (France), Move It! Dresden Human Rights Film Festival 2021 (Germany), Human Rights Film Festival Zurich 2021 (Switzerland), Global Health Film Festival 2021 (UK & Ireland), This Human World 2021 (Austria), WatchDocs Human Rights in Film IFF 2021 (Poland), Unlimited Hope Human Rights Film Festival Awards 2021 (Germany), Solidarity Tel Aviv Human Rights Film Festival 2021 (Israel).

Date & Time
Date: 12. December 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Original version with English subtiteles
Duration: 90 min.

Directed by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel
Camera: Ton Peters

Ton: Els van Driel & Eefje Blankevoort. Schnitt: Patrick Schonewille. Musik: Rui Reis Maia. Produktion: Witfilm. Production: Femke de Wild, Iris Lammertsma

Trailer (YouTube)

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