The story of one young refugee from Afghanistan as he seeks asylum in Denmark is explored in Dreaming Of Denmark (…).
Filmmaker Michael Graversen met his protagonist in a Danish youth centre for refugees, and followed his journey after his asylum was denied, watching him flee to several other countries, eventually arriving in Italy.
“Children are the ones who can express their emotions most freely – you can connect with them quite easily,” says Graversen, recalling how the bond he formed with his subject allowed him to follow a story that otherwise would’ve gone untold.
“Films create empathy, that’s really important in the way we perceive immigration and refugees now. It can really provide the human face to the human story,” he adds.
Tom Grater, Screen