Bachir in Wonderland

How do you relate to a land that you have only experienced through stories? A land that once belonged to your ancestors? How can you relate to any country, when all you know are the confinements of a refugee camp?

*CinéDOC-Young Award*
CinéDOC-Tbilisi International Documentary Festival, Georgia

The youth documentary Bachir in Wonderland provides a glimpse of the Western Saharan quest for sovereignty, through the eyes of a 10-year-old Saharan boy dreaming about the rhythm of a far sea.

Bachir’s landscape changes when he gets the unique opportunity to go on a summer camp in Spain, replacing his family’s tent in the middle of the Algerian desert for the apartment of a Spanish host family in Barcelona. With this new door opening, the possibilities of movement transcend his familiarity with the uncertainties of being statelessness.

To watch the trailer, click here.

Scenario and direction: Els Duran, Evelien Vehof
Camera: Wouter Boes
Sound: Els Duran, Evelien Vehof
Editor: Matthieu Hes
Sound design: Hens Zimmerman
Grading: Xandra ter Horst
Translation: Mohamed Suleiman Labat, Mahyoub Ferrer Lahsen,
Nura Mulay Ali Malainin, Daniel Naamani
Production El Aiun: Hilt Teeuwen
Production Barcelona: Carlijn Teeven
Production Mensjesrechten: Kiyomi Molin
Commissioning editor Mensjesrechten: Saskia Wielinga

Bachir in Wonderland was produced by EO/IKONdocs,
as a part of the youth documentary series Mensjesrechten / Just Kids.



January 28
International Film Festival Rotterdam | The Netherlands
(School programme)

March 5
Thessaloniki International Film Festival | Greece
(School programme)

March 7
Thessaloniki International Film Festival | Greece
(School programme)

March 11
TIFF Kids International Film Festival Toronto | Canada
(International premiere)

March 12
TIFF Kids International Film Festival Toronto | Canada

March 20
TIFF Kids International Film Festival Toronto | Canada

March 23
Movies That Matter Festival The Hague | The Netherlands
(Dutch premiere)

March 25
NPO3 Dutch tv- Zapp Echt gebeurd | The Netherlands

May 2-8
CinéDOC-Tbilisi International Documentary Festival | Georgia

May 31
DOCSFAIR Junior Filmfestival Amsterdam | the Netherlands

July 24
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona | Spain

August 30 – September 2
Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland | the Netherlands

September 12 – 23
Take one Action Film Festival Edinburgh & Glasgow | United Kingdom

September 24 – 28
Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski Québec | Canada

September 27 & 28, October 1
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht | the Netherlands

September 27 – October 10
BUSTER/CPH PIX Copenhagen International Film Festival | Denmark

November 3 & 8
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Programmes: ´Dreamers Only, Please´ & ´African and African American Stories´, Chicago | United States of America

November 28 – December 3
Ajyal Film Festival, Doha | Qatar

December 7 – 9
Athens Children Film Festival | Greece


January 24 – February 3
Children’s Film Festival, Seattle | United States of America

March 10 & 16
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague | Czech Republic

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