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With 6 teenagers from asylum-seeker families settled in Lancashire we created and storyboarded a poetic short film giving insight into their personal journeys and future aspirations.
Produced in partnership with poet Amina Atiq, as part of a Lancashire Youth Challenge Cultural and Creative Arts Project, funded by Lancashire County Council, which aimed to use poetry and video to give teenagers from asylum-seeker families the opportunity to share (some) of their experiences and in the process make new friends.

  • Han Duijvendak
    Director
  • Key cast + Amina Atiq
    Writer
  • Han Duijvendak
    Producer
  • Guy Christiansen
    Producer
  • Jane Duckworth
    DOP
  • Nada Khalil
    Key Cast
  • Aboudi Khalil
    Key Cast
  • Javaris Maharaj
    Key Cast
  • Ezzeddin Almoghrabi
    Key Cast
  • Majed Almoghrabi
    Key Cast
  • Darya Azeez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Global Health Film Festival London
    United Kingdom
    November 30, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Han Duijvendak

Han Duijvendak is a Dutch national who has lived in the UK since 1980, working in the UK Theatre, TV and Film industry. He was Artistic Director of several established theatre companies and produced various Fly-on-the-Wall documentaries for ITV and Channel 5.
His Liverpool-based company, HANDSTAND Productions, specialises in documentary work that supports scientific, medical and educational organisations in their mission and in giving young people and community groups access to professional film-making support.

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Director Statement

Working with these 6 young people, poet Amina Atiq, DOP Jane Duckworth and Guy Christiansen from LYC on finding words and visuals that could share the common humanity in their experiences and dreams with a wide audience on video was a great privilige and also great fun.