In search of Heroes #2

”In search of Heroes” Olfa Ben Ali films a series of intimate portraits of refugees and volunteers from De Vluchtkerk, Amsterdam, in order to paint a picture of the quiet desperation of those who have been denied asylum in the Netherlands.

Title In Search of Heroes
Duration 15:12
Language Dutch & english
Subtitles English

The portrait of Mama Fatima, is the first in the series of “In search of Heroes”. Mama Fatima, a grandmother figure in the refugee camp is reduced to her alien status through the sterile text of her interview with IND (Dutch Immigration Service). While the film’s haunting score may be seen as a precursor to the imminent fate of her case, the touch of humanity from the firsthand narration of the volunteers shows us that true heroes arise from the most unlikely of places.