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DREAMING OF DENMARK
2015 - 58 min - Danish, English
Director: Michael Graversen
Producer: Lise Saxtrup
What happens to the many unaccompanied refugee children that disappears from the Danish asylum centres year after year? In DREAMING OF DENMARK director Michael Graversen follows the fate of one of these young boys on the shady side of European society. Wasiullah lives like any other young man. He hangs out with his friends, cracks jokes, takes selfies, and flirts with girls. Denmark has become his home after spending three years in a children's asylum center, arriving alone as a young boy from Afghanistan. But as Wasi turns eighteen and his application for asylum is rejected, he is forced to leave the country. Fearing for his life in Afghanistan, Wasi flees to Italy, hoping to here obtain a residence permit that will allow him to return to Denmark. The director Michael Graversen has followed the young Wasi for many years. The close relationship between them has given Graversen a unique access to Wasi's life underground in Europe. For Wasi, the dream of one day returning to his friends and a safe future in Denmark has become the driving force for his survival. Wasi struggles to maintain life as a normal young man, but it is not easy when life is spent on the streets, waiting for a future that never gets started. Without a home and an identity, are you anyone at all? DREAMING OF DENMARK is a tough insight into what often happens with the unaccompanied refugee children who disappear from the Danish asylum centers.
Michael Graversen graduated as a Documentary Director from the National Film and Television School in UK. He makes films with an emotional depth and found his voice within sensitive and intimate filmmaking that often deals with existential or socially relevant themes. His films have been selected for festivals such as CPH:DOX and IDFA.
Movie, debate and a delicious dinner with the director: 175 DKK