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2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc International Short Competition
Netherlands | 2013 | 19 min. | Dutch | English subtitles | German Premiere
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Escort | Escort

How do you lift someone lying shackled on the floor? How do you carry him or her when they resist? How do you fasten a body? How do you push it up a gangway? What do you do when they scream? And how do you manage to deport a desperate person, who may be leaving a family behind, to a country where nothing but insecurity, poverty or persecution awaits them? These are the questions that young recruits of the Dutch federal police must face as they are completing a special training course in escorting rejected asylum seekers on their deportation flights.
Guido Hendrikx gives us, comprised in a few scenes, a tightly composed Direct Cinema insight into a practice that is common but mostly invisible to the public. While he avoids outright emotionalisation, he manages to disturb us nonetheless. Because we can’t evade this question either: what is humane? (and asking ourselves with some trepidation what we would do if an “escort” and his passenger were sitting behind us on a plane).
Grit Lemke
Original Title: Escort
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2013
Language: Dutch
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 19 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Guido Hendrikx
Producer: Zinzy Nimako, Jonne Roos
Cinematographer: Emo Weemhoff
Editor: Lot Rossmark
Music: Lucas Malec
Sound: Tijn Hazen, Taco Drijfhout
Script: Guido Hendrikx
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