Grenzen - Borders Documentary film, 2013, 85 min.

"When you don’t have papers in this country, you suffer," as one young Nigerian woman in the Netherlands knows firsthand. When she arrived here, human traffickers forced her to pay back a lot of money, and she was then tricked into prostitution. All she can say from her asylum seeker’s cell is, "I’m not a criminal, but they treat me like garbage." Jacqueline van Vugt traveled to Africa to observe the borders that lie between Nigeria and the European Union – between Nigeria and Niger, and on to Burkina Faso, Senegal and further to the north. At each country boundary, she met countless people dreaming of a better life, and convinced they would find it in the promised land of Europe. That dream exacts terrible sacrifices. Border zones are brutal environments marked by the ever-present threat of violence, exploitation and exhaustion. Men risk their lives on the high seas in plastic boats, while women are condemned to work for a pimp. One woman’s arm is tattooed with her address in case she gets lost or dies. The closer the migrants get to Europe, the more the dream loses its sheen. And anyone who makes it all the way will get nothing like the reception he had hoped for.

 

Director

Writer

Producer

  1. Pieter van Huystee
    +3120 421 0606

    www.pvhfilm.nl
    IMDb profile

    Staff at Pieter van Huystee Film

    Producer (156)

Line producer

Cinematographer - DoP

Editor

  1. Editor (71)

    Production Designer

Sound designer

  1. +316 55 165 510

    www.editson.nl
    IMDb profile

    Staff at Editson

    Sound Designer (62)

Location sound recordist

  1. Location Sound Recordist (91)

  2. Line Producer

  3. Hens van Rooy
    +316 40 596 513

    www.hensvanrooy.nl
    IMDb profile

Researcher

Production company

  1.  Pieter van Huystee Film
    +3120 421 0606

    www.pvhfilm.nl
    IMDb profile

    Staff

    Pieter van Huystee

    Production Company (158)

Distribution company

  1. Distribution Company (106)