In a brutally bland room, on the beautiful island of Sicily – the frontier of the desperate wave of African and Middle Eastern to a largely unwelcoming Europe – an actor demonstrates three scenarios of dealing with asylum seekers.

By turn confrontational, understanding and coldly procedural, each of these encounters, with real asylum seekers, explores the complex nature of the cultural and moral quandaries, fiscal implications and legal procedures of good neighbourliness in Europe. Director Hendrikx’s hybrid role-play often straddles the line between documentary and fiction, allowing him to offer a detached take on an emotive subject. Though clearly meant to challenge European attitudes, it succeeds in making every viewer examine their own preconceptions. Powerful, controversial and thought-provoking.

Cape Town
V&A
Tues 6, 6.45pm
Labia
Sat 3, 8.45pm
Fri 9, 6.30pm
Director(s):
Guido Hendrikx
Country:
Netherlands
Year:
2016
Duration:
72 minutes
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