Synopsis:
‘The art of becoming’ is a poetical documentary on three unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, Syria and Guinea, who hope for a stable future in Europe. Their stories are intertwined : Fattah toils in Istanbul, hoping to earn enough for the journey to Greece and then Italy ; Saleh has been living in Europe for three years but yearns for his parents ; and Mamadou tries to hang on to his job and his education in Belgium in spite of having become an undocumented migrant. Through their stories the entire cycle of migration is portrayed, from the unrealistic projections of Europe to the specific life in a care-center or the relentless struggle to avoid deportation. The movie is character-driven. It steers clear of traditional interviews but radically opts for an artistic depiction of the reality of each of the boys through a camerawork that borders that of fictional movies. This makes for an intimate, non-judgmental portrait of the protagonists.
Director's filmography:
Hanne Phlypo
- 't Zit in je bloed ! On l’a dans le sang ! (Short)
- Do you believe in Angels (2007 - Short)
- Silent Stories (2011 - TV)
- Devenir (2013)
- The art of becoming (2014 - Feature)
Catherine Vuylsteke
- Silent Stories (2011 - TV)
- Devenir (2013)
- The art of becoming (2014 - Feature)
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2014
Runtime:
60'
Majority:
No
Production:
Clin d'œil Films