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Island of Hope

by Helle Toft Jensen , Denmark 2021, 59’

Greek Premier

There is a great concern in the small community of r when two public centers for unaccompanied boys open in 2015. The Islanders are worried and afraid that the Island is too small for such large group of foreigners. At first the residents were hesitant towards them, but as soon as they met these children something unexpected happened. As we witness the lives of these boys who are trying to adapt while awaiting decision in their asylum case, the inhabitants and the boys slowly find a mutual understanding and friendship in the small community. Heartwarming and heartbreaking moments occur in this beautiful almost fairytale-like story where friendships are made for life. ISLAND OF HOPE is a warm and touching story about a wide range of people whose lives, thoughts and relationships are moved and challenged in the encounter with strangers. It is a film that acquires a universal dimension and through which we must realize that we are all considered equal members of a community.

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