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Surprising Europe

Director: Rogier Kappers
Ugandan migrant Ssuuna Golooba discovered that life for illegal aliens in Europe is brutal. Therefore, he wants to warn his compatriots. 'Look before you leap!', is his message, which is not warmly welcomed.

For four years, documentary maker Rogier Kappers followed Ssuuna Golooba, a Ugandan migrant who lives in the Netherlands and has an unusual mission. 'Look before you leap!', is the message he wants to hold up to his compatriots. In his native country, Golooba used to be a successful photojournalist. Still, he was persuaded into trying his luck in Europe, and found out that the life of illegal immigrants can be brutal. In 2005, he watches the shocking images of the Schiphol fire that kills eleven illegal immigrants. Right then and there, he sets out to warn other ‘travellers’. With a borrowed video camera, he starts capturing the stories of other illegal aliens. Three years later, Golooba's plan has grown into a project that even involves the Arabic news station Al Jazeera. Still, it will not be easy to convince people in Africa with his story. That much is clear from the images that Kappers shot over there.


Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
JvdW film
TV company
Human TV
Al Jazeera
Distributor NL
JvdW film
Title: Surprising Europe
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 7 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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