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.

Crew:
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.


Screenings:

2018

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

2019

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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