Danish Refugee Documentary Takes IDFA Prize

Danish director Andreas Koefoed has won the IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for his film about asylum children in Denmark.

The Danish documentary A Home In The World (Et Hjem I Verden) follows five asylum children’s daily lives in a Red Cross Asylum school in Lynge. The film was up against 14 other films from more than 10 different countries.

“It is a significant recognition of Koefoeds work,” says producer Sara Stockman from Force Of Nature. “At the same time, it shows that audiences are looking for significant stories that can put the mainstream media coverage of the refugee crisis into perspective.”

The jury was particularly enthusiastic about how the film manages to humanise some of the problems we are so concerned about today. “With great sensitivity and compassion for the film’s characters, the director puts a face to the most vulnerable refugees – children who bravely face a new world. We were deeply touched by a movie that gives a glimmer of hope to people everywhere.”