THE ART OF BECOMING
DIRECTOR: Hanne Phlypo & Catherine Vuylsteke
PRODUCTION: Clin d’œil films (BE)
SPECS: Sony F3 + movielens - 60' - 2013
***Grand Prix & RTBF Award Festival des Libertés, Belgium, 2013
***Ensor nomination Best Documentary @ Film Festival Ostende, 2013
‘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.