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The Whole Wide World nominated for National Education Film 2021

August 17, 2021

On the recommendation of EYE, the National Film Museum, the National Education Museum, the educational journal From Twelve To Eighteen and filmmakers themselves, the jury came to a longlist of five films.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5 October, during the National Education Week in Amersfoort.

 

THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

ifteen years ago Teade Walma taught displaced refugee children. Now he wants to know how they are doing and decides to track them down via social media. A reunion that promises to be emotional. The youngsters from Teade Walma’s class are ambitious, they want to make something special out of their lives. But the pressure is great, not only from Dutch society. Even though they have found a new home in the Netherlands and that the future is looking bright, their country of origin continues to play a role in their lives. The realization that their parents had to sacrifice a lot by fleeing for a safe future for their children weighs heavily on them. In The Whole Wide World, filmmaker Sherman De Jesus forges the fortunes of three of them, Mina Souliman, Hamza Mutabazi and Melika Esmaily into a different story about reality after the flight. At what point does the escape story come to an end?

“The beautiful documentary is of a comforting everydayness. (…) In The Wide World you actually have the feeling of getting past the front door.”

– NRC-Handelsblad

The Wide World can be seen here: 2Doc: The Whole Wide World.

The other nominees are KLASSEN, DE SCHOOLTUIN, EEN JAAR ROND MET JE HANDEN IN DE GROND, ZOUDEN ZE HET WETEN? en 100 DAGEN VOOR DE KLAS.