by Guido Hendrikx
The Netherlands, 2016, 80 min.
In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees receive lessons from a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) who has some rather unbalanced traits. One moment he mercilessly rejects the refugees – the next, mollifyingly, he embraces them. Operating at the intersection of documentary and fiction, Stranger in Paradise investigates the power relations between Europe and refugees.
Written & directed by Guido Hendrikx
Based on an initial idea by Guido Hendrikx & Erik Glijnis
Performance by Valentijn Dhaenens
Editor Lot Rossmark
Cinematographer Emo Weemhoff
Sound recordist Taco Drijfhout
Music composed by Juho Nurmela & Ella van der Woude
Sound design: Tijn Hazen
Delegate producer: Erik Glijnis
Executive producers: Elize Kerseboom, Julia van Schieveen, Fleur Welter
Production company: Zeppers Film in co-production with VPRO