At this year's Human Rights Film Festival Zurich, we are participating as a partner organisation in the panel discussion on the impressive documentary film "Shadow Game"! Learn more about the situation of unaccompanied children and adolescents along migration routes and the possibilities for NGOs and civil society to improve their situation on Saturday, 4 December.

14-year-old Hammoudi from Syria is one of the protagonists in the documentary “Shadow Game”, who is given a voice and lets us experience his experiences first-hand.

Panel discussion

Panel discussion with Michel Anglade (Director and UN Representative, Geneva Advocacy Office, Save the Children) and Els van Driel (filmmaker Shadow Game) on the situation of unaccompanied children and young people along migration routes and the opportunities for NGOs and civil society to improve their situation. The panel discussion will be held in English.


Their “game” is a life-threatening undertaking. Young people who leave their families and homes in search of protection and prospects for the future embark on a journey into the unknown. The constant struggle for safe shelter, freezing nights under motorway bridges, hiding places in lorries or trains, merciless border guard personnel: the young protagonists in Shadow Game document all this with their mobile phones, which thus become film cameras.

These images tell the story of their dangerous, often years-long efforts to overcome Fortress Europe. The stakes are high: they quickly grow up on their merciless adventure along the EU’s external borders. And yet every border crossed is the beginning of a new level and a motivational boost. Who will emerge as the winner in the end remains uncertain. A modern odyssey along migration routes and a frightening look behind the scenes of momentous political decisions.

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