In a Sicilian classroom just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees learn from a teacher whose attitudes reflects the diverging views of the wider population. 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. An unflinching film essay on the mechanisms through which Europe tackles the refugees’ desire for happiness.
- Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary -IDFA 2016