Stranger in Paradise

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Gyvenimas nesąžiningas. Aš gimiau čia, jūs gimėt ten. Nesąžininga, bet toks gyvenimas.

In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees  receive lessons from a teacher 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.


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary, True/False Film Fest – Official Competition, Crossing Europe Film Festival – Documentary Competition

Guido Hendrikx

Guido Hendrikx is an Amsterdam-based film director and screenwriter. He graduated at Utrecht University (Liberal Arts & Sciences) and the Netherlands Film Academy (Directing Documentary). During film school he directed the shorts “Escort” (2013) and “Among Us” (2014) and co-wrote the script for the short “Fernweh” (2014, Ena Sendijarevic), which screened extensively in international festivals winning numerous awards. “Stranger in Paradise” is his feature debut.