Transcript: At Home in the World | Aug 09, 2016A black slate appears. a logo pops into view; it reads "Danish Film Institute, www.DFI.DK."
A caption reads "Sonntag Pictures."
A caption on the black slate reads "120 CHILD REFUGEES
ATTEND THE RED CROSS SCHOOL IN LYNGE.
THEY'RE TAUGHT DANISH
WHILE THEIR ASYLUM CASES ARE PENDING.
THE YEARLY STUDENT TURNOVER IS 80 PERCENT.
SOME GAIN RESIDENCY AND TRANSFER TO
DANISH SCHOOLS, OTHERS ARE DEPORTED."
A child draws on a fogged up window. A small girl sleeps on the bus as another child goes through a pencil case.
A boy makes a pistol with his hand and pretends to shoot his friend on the next seat.
The friend says DON'T!
The boy laughs and holds up three fingers.
He says LOOK, MAGOMED.
I ONLY HAVE THREE FINGERS!
They both chuckle and Magomed looks out the window.
The title of the documentary pops up on a black slate.
It reads "AT HOME IN THE WORLD."
A school yard appears and subsequently a hallway inside the building.
A caption overwritten on the screen reads "THE RED CROSS SCHOOL, LYNGE."
Magomed sits in an office. Hes around 12, has short brown hair and wears a blue sweater.
A caption below him reads "MAGOMED
FLED FROM CHECHNYA
WITH HIS FAMILY."
A telephone rings and Anastasia answers.
She says ANASTASIA SPEAKING.
A female voice replies THIS IS THE RED CROSS SCHOOL.
ARE YOU READY TO INTERPRET FOR US?
A man in his late forties sits next to Magomed around a table.
Anastasia says YES, I'M READY.
The woman from the school says THANK YOU.
LET'S WELCOME MAGOMED AND HIS DAD.
Anastasia translates for them.
The woman says MAGOMED, IS IT CORRECT THAT YOU WENT
TO SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS IN CHECHNYA?
Anastasia translates and Magomed nods.
The woman says YES. HE'S NODDING.
YOU NEED TO SPEAK,
BECAUSE SHE CAN'T HEAR YOU.
Magomed says YES.
Magomeds dad says YOU NEED TO SPEAK LOUDLY AND CLEARLY.
DON'T BE SHY OR AFRAID.
The school teacher says MAGOMED HAS BEEN HERE
A FEW WEEKS AND HE'S SETTLING IN.
Shes in her late thirties; has curly dark hair tied in a pony tail and wears a white shirt.
She continues HE'S A SWEET BOY.
A BIT QUIET, BUT VERY SHARP.
WE HAVE STUDENTS FROM
ALL OVER THE WORLD AT THIS SCHOOL.
THEY'RE ALL ASYLUM SEEKERS
AND HAVE VERY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.
I TEACH THEM SKILLS THEY CAN USE IN
DENMARK, IF THEY'RE GRANTED RESIDENCY
BUT WHICH CAN ALSO BE USED
ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
OTHER THAN SCHOOLWORK
AND SOCIAL SKILLS
WE TRY TO GIVE THEM
A STRUCTURED DAILY LIFE
WHILE THEIR CASES
ARE BEING PROCESSED.
Magomed rests his head on his hands and looks out the window. The kids play in the school yard. Some kids swing, others climb on the jungle gym; some sit on benches.
Later, in class Magomed writes as the teacher says LET'S SEE
ONE, TWO, THREE.
She says YOU TRY
The class repeats "THE KITCHEN."
Magomed looks and tries to repeat.
She asks ARE YOU KEEPING UP?
The teacher walks to the blackboard and reads from it.
She says "HE MADE."
WHY AM I WRITING "MADE"?
One of the kids says BECAUSE IT'S PAST TENSE.
She answers YES! WHAT IS IT IN THE PRESENT TENSE?
Magomed raises his hand and answers "MAKES."
She smiles and says YOU'VE ALL BECOME SO GOOD AT IT.
She brings in a cake and says HERE WE ARE.
THIS IS CALLED A LAYER CAKE.
BECAUSE IT CONSISTS OF LAYERS.
WHAT'S IT CALLED IN FARSI?
The kids look at the cake and smile.
She asks WHAT'S A CAKE LIKE THIS CALLED?
A girl answers CAKE.
She says WE KNOW A LOT OF LANGUAGES.
WHAT IS IT IN ALBANIAN?
The cake is made of layers and has a thick cover of cream and strawberries on top.
She asks CAN YOU TELL US WHAT'S IN THE CAKE?
A child says THERE'S SPONGE CAKE, WHIPPED CREAM...
Another child adds AND STRAWBERRIES...
A boy says AND THERE'S BREAD.
She answers YES, THOSE ARE THE SPONGE LAYERS.
The boy says AND CHOCOLATE.
Later, Magomed sits next to a young girl around eleven. She has long brown hair and wears bangs.
He plays soccer on the play station next to a younger blond boy.
He later watches a football match in the schoolyard. A boy in a grey t shirt takes the ball and runs passing his opponents. He gives the ball to a member of his team and follows him.
The boy then yells PASS IT, DAMN IT!
I'M COMPLETELY FREE!
A boy in a green t shirt takes it and runs.
The boy in the grey t shirt shouts BACK TO ME!
Someone screams THAT'S A FREE KICK!
One of the boys falls and says HEY!
A male voice from outside the field says COME OVER HERE FOR A SECOND.
The boy in the grey shirt says HE HIT ME.
An young man in his twenties says RIGHT, BUT THAT'S NOT...
The boy in the grey shirt takes the ball and walks away.
The man says STOP THAT.
THAT'S NOT HOW WE PLAY FOOTBALL.
AND YOU KNOW THAT.
He holds him by the arm and the boy says OKAY, OKAY! I GET IT!
Magomed holds his head and says CRAZY.
The boy yells LET ME GO!
The man says STOP IT. JUST LISTEN...
THAT'S NOT HOW WE DO THINGS.
The boy answers OKAY!
The man says TRY TO CALM DOWN. IT'S ONLY FOOTBALL.
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN.
He tries to hold him and calm him as he says CALM DOWN, OKAY?
BOYS, WE'LL HAVE TO STOP PLAYING THEN.
Two kids of around 12 kick and punch each other in a corner.
The man says THAT GOES FOR BOTH OF YOU.
I'VE TOLD YOU THREE TIMES NOW.
The bell rings and the kids pile into the classroom.
The teacher says LET'S ALL HAVE A SEAT.
Shemuz says MASSAM? I CAN'T SAY IT...
Shemuz has short straight dark hair. A caption next to him reads "SHEMUZ
FLED FROM SYRIA WITH HIS FAMILY."
Shemuz says MASSAM?
The male teacher asks WHAT IS IT, SHEMUZ?
He smiles and answers I CAN'T SAY IT.
The teacher says WHY NOT?
ALL RIGHT, I'LL HELP YOU.
The teacher says NOW SHEMUZ WILL BE HANDING OUT
CHOCOLATE. AND WHY IS THAT?
Shemuz says I GOT RESIDENCY.
The teacher says YES, SHEMUZ WAS GRANTED RESIDENCY.
HAND OUT THE CHOCOLATES...
Shemuz starts giving out chocolates to his classmates.
He asks ONE FOR EACH?
HE SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT ONE.
Now Shemuz skates up a ramp and slides back down.
The teacher sits on a stone bench and says LAST TIME.
THIS IS THE LAST TIME NOW.
Later, Shemuz speaks to the female teacher.
She says TOMORROW YOU'LL BE VISITING
YOUR NEW SCHOOL.
I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU HAD
ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT?
He says NO, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
She asks AREN'T YOU WONDERING ABOUT
YOUR NEW CLASS OR THE TEACHER?
He shrugs and says NO...
She says DID YOU TALK TO YOUR PARENTS?
He answers YES.
She gives him a kiss and says I'LL JUST SAY GOODBYE.
As Shemuz walks away she says GOOD LUCK TOMORROW.
Next morning Shemuz follows a blond wavy haired woman into a classroom.
The caption on the screen reads "DANISH PUBLIC SCHOOL."
She walks up to a four square table by the window and says YOU'LL BE SITTING HERE.
She points to the chairs opposite his and continues YOU'LL BE SITTING OPPOSITE
ANDREAS AND ASTA.
She then walks to the chair next to his and says YOU'LL BE SITTING NEXT TO JULIE.
JULIE STARTED LAST YEAR,
SO SHE'S ALSO QUITE NEW.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
He says NO.
She asks THERE'S NOTHING YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW?
He says NO.
She says WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SUBJECT?
YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN SCHOOL?
He smiles and answers FOOTBALL.
AND GOING TO THE POOL.
She says YOU LIKE BEING ACTIVE?
He smiles and nods.
She continues THAT'S A NICE THING TO BE.
Another woman wearing a checkered dressed and her dark hair in a bun talks to Shemuzs parents and says FOR US IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT SHEMUZ COMES TO SCHOOL.
IF HE'S REALLY SICK, THEN HE'S SICK.
BUT IF HE SAYS HE'S UNWELL -
TRY SENDING HIM TO SCHOOL, AND THEN
WE'LL ASSESS WHETHER HE'LL BE OKAY.
CHILDREN OFTEN FORGET
THAT THEY'VE BEEN FEELING UNWELL.
She then looks at Shemuz and says WHEN WE'RE WORKING,
WE NEED TO BE QUIET.
AND WE HAVE TO DO OUR HOMEWORK.
The woman continues IF YOU CAN DO THOSE TWO THINGS,
YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DO WELL IN DENMARK.
She turns to his parents and says APPROXIMATELY 10 PERCENT OF THE CHILDREN HERE
ARE NOT ETHNICALLY DANISH.
AND THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM.
THEY SPEAK DANISH WHILE THEY'RE HERE.
The translator next to Shemuzs father says HE SAYS THEY WANT THEIR CHILDREN
TO DO BETTER THAN THEY DID.
The father says WE ALSO WANT HIM TO KEEP STUDYING -
BECAUSE WE'RE ILLITERATE,
AND WE DON'T WANT HIM TO BE, TOO.
The translator says THEY'RE ADVISING THEIR CHILDREN
TO LEARN TO READ.
THEY HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN.
Shemuzs mom says HE GETS ANGRY AND UPSET VERY EASILY.
The translator says SHE SAYS THAT SHEMUZ
FEELS A BIT SAD SOMETIMES.
The woman in the checkered dress asks ARE YOU SHY?
YES, I CAN TELL.
Later, Shemuz sits next to a blond woman in her fifties. They look at his schedule.
The woman says YOU'LL HAVE A LOT OF DANISH LESSONS,
SO YOU'LL BE SEEING DITTE A LOT.
AND THEN YOU HAVE MATHS AGAIN.
"GROUP" MEANS THAT WINNIE,
WHO WAS IN THERE WITH YOU...
THE DARK-HAIRED LADY.
THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU HER NAME.
She continues SHE'LL BE THERE.
THEN YOU'LL HAVE ART.
THAT'S WHERE YOU DRAW,
PLAY WITH CLAY AND SUCH THINGS.
THEN YOU'LL HAVE SCIENCE.
THAT'S ABOUT TREES, PLANTS, ANIMALS -
THE SKY, THE WEATHER...
Fast clips show Shemuz folding a white sheet of paper and then walking home after school.
Meanwhile, Magomed and his dad sit in the office.
The teacher says HE'S BECOME MORE EXTROVERT AND
SEEKS OUT OTHER CHILDREN AND ADULTS.
IN DANISH CLASS, MAGOMED IS ACTIVE
AND CAN WRITE SENTENCES.
I DON'T WANT HIM TO WORRY ABOUT BEING
CORRECT WHEN HE DOES CREATIVE WRITING.
She looks at Magomed and says DON'T BE AFRAID TO JUST WRITE.
Magomeds dad says HE'S LIKE A PREDATOR
WAITING FOR HIS PREY.
AND WHEN THE PREY SHOWS UP,
HE SEIZES THE OPPORTUNITY AND ATTACKS.
Magomed smiles and his father chuckles.
The teacher says THAT BRINGS ME TO THE SUBJECT
OF ATTENDING A DANISH SCHOOL.
WHAT I'D LIKE TO ASK THE FAMILY TODAY,
IS WHETHER THEY WOULD LIKE US -
TO LOOK FOR A DANISH SCHOOL
WHAT DOES DAD THINK?
Dad answers WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT.
IT'S HIS PERSONALITY.
IT TAKES HIM A WHILE TO MAKE FRIENDS.
IT TAKES HIM A LONG TIME TO FEEL
AT EASE AND AT HOME IN NEW PLACES.
MY CHILDREN ARE VERY SHY.
THEY'VE BEEN AFRAID EVER SINCE
THE RUSSIANS BROKE INTO OUR HOME.
The teacher says WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY WERE QUIET
AND STONE-FACED. THAT'S CHANGED.
Dad says COULD MAGOMED STEP OUTSIDE?
I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.
The teacher says YES, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU, MAGOMED.
When Magomed leaves dad says I KNOW I'M NOT THE SUBJECT,
BUT I'M HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME.
I'M ABOUT TO BE DEPORTED.
I'M IN THE LAST PHASE. I'VE SHOWN
THE DANISH AUTHORITIES MY DOCUMENTS.
THEY PROVE THAT I WAS TORTURED,
AND THAT I'M A WANTED MAN.
IT HURTS THAT THEY DON'T TRUST ME.
THE DANISH AUTHORITIES TELL ME
THAT I'M NOT IN ANY DANGER.
Later, the teacher sips coffee and watches Magomed walk in the yard.
Fast clips show a field and tall grass swaying in the breeze.
A little yellow bird sits in a cage. Ali looks at it and whistles.
He says HE'LL COME OUT IN A MOMENT.
A caption below him reads "ALI
FLED FROM AFGHANISTAN
WITH HIS FAMILY."
Ali is around thirteen; he has short dark hair and wears a striped gray sweatshirt.
He walks up to the cage and opens it; he whistles and the bird sings. He hangs the cage from a hook next to the window.
He says HE CAN COME OUT IF HE WANTS TO.
BUT MAYBE HE'S TIRED.
Now, Ali sits across from a man taking notes.
The man asks HOW FAR BACK DO YOU REMEMBER?
DO YOU REMEMBER AFGHANISTAN?
He answers A LITTLE BIT.
The teacher says DID YOU GO TO NORWAY?
Ali says NO.
WE WENT... I DON'T KNOW.
AFTERWARDS WE WENT TO TURKEY.
He frowns and continues I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS CALLED...
AFTER THAT, WE WENT TO ITALY
AND THEN TO FRANCE.
FROM FRANCE TO DENMARK...
FROM DENMARK TO NORWAY...
AND THEN BACK TO DENMARK.
The teacher says SO YOU'VE CERTAINLY BEEN AROUND...
He asks DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE PLACES?
Ali says YES, A BIT.
MY DAD AND LITTLE SISTER
FELL INTO THE WATER.
The man asks THEY DID?
Ali squints and says THEY WENT TWO KILOMETRES FROM THE COAST.
SOMEONE HELPED MY SISTER
AFTER MY DAD HAD COME BACK UP.
The man says I'M GLAD HE WAS RESCUED.
THIS HASN'T BEEN EASY FOR YOU.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN DENMARK?
Ali says TWO YEARS AND FIVE MONTHS.
The man says ONE OF THE THINGS DORTE TOLD ME
IS THAT YOU'RE HAVING SOME DREAMS.
Ali bites his nails and answers YES, EVERY NIGHT.
The man says YOU DREAM EVERY NIGHT?
DO THE DREAMS FRIGHTEN YOU?
The man asks WHAT HAPPENS IN THEM?
Ali says MY DAD SAYS THAT TWO MEN
WILL COME AND HURT ME.
The man asks IN THE DREAM?
Ali says NO, THAT'S WHAT HE SAYS.
HE YELLS, "I DON'T WANT TO!"
AT 9 PM, WHEN I'M IN BED,
HE YELLS, "NO, HELP ME!"
MY MUM GIVES HIM MEDICINE
SO HE FALLS ASLEEP.
I FALL ASLEEP TOO -
AND THEN I SEE FIVE MEN WITH KNIVES
COMING TO HURT MY DAD.
The man asks AND THAT'S A DREAM?
Ali nods and says YES, AND MY MUM IS CRYING.
Ali looks up and says MAYBE ONE TIME
HE HIT MY MUM AND ME.
The man says BECAUSE HE'S UNWELL.
DO YOU KNOW WHY THAT IS?
Ali says I DON'T KNOW.
The man takes notes as he says IT'S TOUGH.
IT WAS A LONG TIME, TOO.
YOU SPENT MANY YEARS TRAVELLING.
BUT I WILL TRY AND SEE
IF I CAN HELP YOUR DAD NOW.
AND I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT
HOW I CAN HELP YOU.
I'D LIKE YOU TO COME TO SCHOOL
FEELING HAPPY AND WELL-RESTED.
AND YOUR MUM AND DAD
NEED TO FEEL BETTER AS WELL.
I CAN GIVE YOU ONE SMALL
PIECE OF ADVICE ABOUT DREAMING.
IN DREAMS, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SCARED OF IT.
YOU CAN BECOME A TIGER
OR ANYTHING YOU LIKE.
Ali nods and says I CAN'T. I REMEMBER.
The man says YES, IT'S DIFFICULT.
BUT IN DREAMS, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
YOU CAN'T IN REAL LIFE.
BUT IN DREAMS, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
The man is in his fifties; he has short grey hair is clean-shaven and wears glasses.
Now a clip shows Magomed asleep in his bed.
Dads voice says MAGOMED?
Magomed gets dressed and dad wearing a baseball cap takes him to school by car.
Later, Magomed plays in the schoolyard with the teacher. She touches one of the children on his head with a blue ball and says
YOU HAVE TO RUN!
Dorte stands in front of a girl and says THAT'S NOT A SAFE AREA!
TAG! GOT YOU!
She tags her.
Later in the computing lab, a girl with long braided hair looks at her screen and says DORTE...
THE PERIOD MESSED UP THE LAYOUT.
Dorte says I'LL COME TAKE A LOOK.
she kneels next to the girl and says HOW DO YOU START A NEW SENTENCE?
The girl answers WITH A CAPITAL LETTER.
Magomed watches soccer clips on youtube. He rubs his eyes and watches as a repetition of the game appears. then he types in "Chechnya" and clicks on a Wikipedia link.
First he reads some information and then clicks on images of Chechnya. A link reads "war" another reads "today" and yet another reads "Map."
Several pictures of broken down buildings; a pile of broken cars and soldiers walking and sitting on tanks alternate on his screen.
Now Magomed sits at the dining room table and looks at a medal in a box attached to a green cloth coat of arms.
Later, Magomeds dad claps as his youngest son walks around the living room performing a dance.
The little boy walks to the beat.
His father says JUMP!
A clip shows Magomed in the classroom.
A boy next to him says "PARROT FISH-PACKER."
The teacher repeats the sentence several times with the class and then says WE COULD EVEN RAP.
The kids repeat and chuckle.
Dorte says RESPECT. OKAY, LET'S DO
THE FIRST TWO LINES AGAIN. READY?
Then Dorte and the kids chant I AM A LITTLE PARROT FROM AMERICA
MY DAD HE WAS A PARROT FISH-PACKER
I DIDN'T SAY A WORD
BUT MUM WOULD CLAIM FROM TIME TO TIME
HE'D ONLY LEARN TO SPEAK
IF HE WERE TALKING
SO NOW I SING
OH TRA-LA-LEE AND TRA-LA-LA
WHEN PEOPLE WONDER
WHERE I MIGHT BE FROM
I TELL THEM ALL
OH TRA-LA-LEE AND HAHAHA
THAT I AM JUST A PARROT...
Later, Dorte says YOU HAVE TO WASH YOUR HANDS
SO YOU DON'T GET SICK.
A little girl says DORTE?
BASSAM DIDN'T WASH HIS HANDS.
They walk into the classroom and Dorte says BASSAM? DIDN'T YOU WASH YOUR HANDS?
He answers NO.
Dorte speaks to the young girl with long brown braided hair.
She asks ARE YOU READY FOR TOMORROW?
The girl answers NO, FOR MONDAY.
A caption next to her reads "HEDA
FLED FROM CHECHNYA
WITH HER FAMILY."
Dorte says YES, MONDAY. YOU CAN ALWAYS VISIT
IF YOU MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
ARRANGE IT WITH YOUR TEACHER
AND WITH MARTIN.
Head says HOW DO I TELL YOU?
Dorte answers TELL ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS.
THEN THEY'LL TELL ME, AND I'LL TELL
MARTIN THAT HEDA IS COMING FOR A VISIT.
ARE YOU EXCITED?
Head says YES, A BIT.
Dorte asks WHICH GRADE WILL YOU ATTEND?
Head says THE 3RD GRADE.
THE BOSS IN THE DANISH SCHOOL
WAS VERY NICE.
Dorte asks WAS IT A WOMAN OR A MAN?
Heda answers A MAN.
Dorte says AND HE WAS NICE?
She looks at the rest of her class and says LET ME JUST CHECK ON THE OTHERS.
Head puts her things away. The closes her red pencil case.
A boy with short hair and wearing a light blue t shirt looks at Dorte and says WILL I BE GOING TO THE 3RD GRADE TOO,
WHEN I START IN THE DANISH SCHOOL?
She answers I DON'T KNOW,
AND IT'S NOT CERTAIN YOU'LL START YET.
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE TO
FOCUS ON GOING HOME TO YOUR MUM.
AND GETTING USED TO BEING THERE.
He says YES, I KNOW.
She continues SO WE'LL DO ONE THING AT A TIME.
He says I KNOW.
Later, Dorte and head look at a paper and Dorte says HOW MANY PUPILS ARE THERE?
Head hesitates and says I DON'T REMEMBER...
Dorte counts with her 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 -
13, 14, 15, 16, 17,
18, 19, 20, 21, 22...
Head says 23.
Dorte points to a photo and asks DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS CALLED?
Head says A CLASS PHOTO.
Dorte says BECAUSE IT'S A PHOTO OF THE CLASS.
THESE ARE CALLED PORTRAITS
BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST OF ONE PERSON.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT MONDAY?
IS IT A GOOD THING?
Dorte says YES.
AND YOU GOT A SCHOOL BAG
AND A PENCIL CASE.
WHAT ELSE DID LOUISE GIVE YOU?
Head says I GOT PENCILS...
A PENCIL SHARPER...
Dorte says A PENCIL SHARPENER.
Dorte shows her the photo and says WHO ASKED YOU
IF YOU WANTED TO PLAY ON MONDAY?
Head points to the picture and says IT WAS HER AND HER.
Dorte says NIKOLINE AND VICTORIA.
Head says THEY WERE THE ONES WHO ASKED.
Dorte asks DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS
OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DANISH SCHOOL?
Head shakes her head.
Dorte says IT'S EXCITING.
Head says A LITTLE BIT.
Head says I USED TO BE SHY. BUT NOW THAT
I'VE LEARNED DANISH, I'M LESS SHY.
Dorte smiles, rubs hedas back and says YOU'RE DEFINITELY NOT SHY ANYMORE.
YOU WERE QUIET TO BEGIN WITH.
BUT THAT'S OKAY.
SOME ADULTS ARE ALSO A BIT QUIET
IN NEW SITUATIONS. THAT'S ALL RIGHT.
Head says I'D LIKE MORE KIDS FROM ORANGE CLASS
TO GO TO THE DANISH SCHOOL.
Dorte says YES, WELL...
JURA IS VERY SMART. HE'S READY.
MAGOMED IS READY,
BUT HE DOESN'T WANT TO.
She smiles and shakes her head as she says HE DOESN'T WANT TO MEET
A LOT OF NEW CHILDREN AND TEACHERS.
STRANGE, ISN'T IT?
IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE HE'S SHY.
Head says MAYBE.
Dorte continues AMEL IS ACTUALLY READY TOO.
BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT A BIT,
BECAUSE HE'S NOT LIVING WITH HIS MUM.
Head says HE GETS UPSET VERY EASILY.
Dorte asks DOES HE?
Head says YES...
Dorte says DID YOU SHOW THOSE TO YOUR MUM?
Head stands up and takes the pictures as she answers YES, SHE WAS THERE WHEN I GOT THEM.
Dorte says AT THE MEETING LAST TUESDAY?
Head answers YES.
Now head walks down the stairs carrying a tray with a large pile of popcorn on it. She walks into the classroom and meets her schoolmates there.
The teacher says POPCORN!
She hands out paper cups filled with popcorn as she says HERE YOU GO.
ONE FOR MAGOMED.
WHO DIDN'T GET ONE?
Someone says LASSE DOESN'T HAVE ONE.
Dorte raises her voice and says LISTEN!
HEDA, YOU SHOULD WALK AROUND
AND SAY THANKS FOR NOW TO EVERYONE.
Head shakes another girls hand and says THANKS FOR NOW.
She hugs a long haired girl and says MY FRIEND! I'M GOING TO CRY!
She says her goodbyes and finally says DORTE IS LAST!
They hug each other.
Dorte says BE SAFE, SWEETIE.
IT'LL BE ALL RIGHT.
Magomed watches them.
Head says I'M SAD.
Now Heda sits in a bus seat and looks out the window.
The bus driver looks out the window as the drizzle falls on the country road.
Magomed plays rock paper scissors with a friend.
Now he walks through the trees to meet his friends for a soccer game.
He does an overhead kick.
Another boy tries to do one and says NOT LIKE THAT.
Magomed takes the ball and says OVER HERE. LOOK AT ME.
The ball shoots to the left and he screams NO! WHY DIDN'T IT GO UP?
Now the kids wash their hands at the sink. They go into the classroom and sit down.
Dorte reads "BUT HANSEL WASN'T SLEEPING. HE HEARD
WHAT HIS FATHER AND STEPMOTHER SAID."
"'WHAT SHALL WE DO? WE DON'T HAVE
ENOUGH FOOD', SAID THE WOODCUTTER."
"'WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOR OURSELVES.'
'THIS IS THE PLAN', SAID HIS WIFE."
"'WE'LL TAKE THE CHILDREN INTO
THE WOODS AND LEAVE THEM THERE.'"
"'THEN WE'LL BE RID OF THEM.'"
"AT FIRST, THE WOODCUTTER SAID NO."
"BUT THE STEPMOTHER KEPT PUSHING
UNTIL THE FATHER SIGHED AND SAID:."
I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.'"
She looks at the kids and asks DO YOU UNDERSTAND
WHY HE AGREES TO IT?
A child says THEY DON'T HAVE ANY FOOD.
Dorte shakes her head and says HE CAN'T FEED HIS CHILDREN.
IS IT A GOOD IDEA
TO TAKE THEM INTO THE WOODS?
WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM?
The kids answer THEY COULD DIE.
She says THAT'S RIGHT.
Dorte reads on "AFTER THEY FELL ASLEEP, HANSEL WENT
TO FILL HIS POCKETS WITH PEBBLES."
Magomed listens and touches his forehead.
She says "THE NEXT DAY, HE THREW THEM ALONG
THE PATH ON THE WAY INTO THE WOODS."
Now the snow falls consistently down in the woods near the school.
Magomed walks to school.
The kids stand on stools and play table football in the game room.
Magomed plays rotating ping pong at the ping pong table.
Someone says OUT! YOU'RE OUT!
Magomed puts a hand on his hip and frowns.
The boy hits the ball again and a tall boy in front of him misses.
He repeats OUT!
As he walks by the tall boy, he pushes him and the shorter by says FUCK YOU.
A caption on screen reads "AMEL
FLED FROM BOSNIA
WITH HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER."
A blond teacher goes up to Amel and says AMEL, I'VE ASKED YOU TO COME HERE,
BECAUSE AMANDO WAS UPSET
AFTER THE BREAK.
HE SAYS YOU PUNCHED HIM.
Amel says NO, I DIDN'T.
Amel is slim and tall; he has short brown hair and wears a blue cap and greed hoodie.
A shorter boy in front of him points to his face and says YOU HIT ME RIGHT ON THE MOUTH.
Amel says SHUT UP.
The blond teaches raises a finger and says HEY! DON'T USE SUCH LANGUAGE.
REMEMBER WHAT DORTE TOLD YOU.
TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED.
Amel says MOHAMMAD AND I WERE PLAYING,
AND THEN HAZUN CAME OVER.
WE DIDN'T SEE HIM, AND WE WERE...
He raises his arm and points out the window.
She says OUTSIDE?
Amel says YES. IT HIT HIM RIGHT HERE.
AND WE DIDN'T SEE HIM.
The woman asks WAS IT A BALL?
Amel shakes his head and says I DON'T KNOW. I DIDN'T SEE HIM.
She asks SO IT WASN'T ON PURPOSE?
Amel shakes his head and says NO.
He looks at the other boy and says BUT HE'S LYING.
The woman answers NO, HE ISN'T.
HE'S TELLING US
WHAT HE THINKS HAPPENED.
THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE TO TELL US
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. NOBODY IS ANGRY WITH YOU, AMEL.
She touches Amando on the shoulder and says SHOULD WE TELL AMANDO
THAT IT WASN'T ON PURPOSE?
She says AMANDO, AMEL SAID
THAT IT WASN'T ON PURPOSE.
YOU DIDN'T DO IT ON PURPOSE.
IS THAT ALL RIGHT, AMANDO?
Amando says OKAY.
She says THANK YOU FOR KEEPING CALM
AND TELLING ME WHAT HAPPENED, AMEL.
Later, in the kitchen Amel and another boy make some bread.
Amel shouts SHUT UP!
Dorte says AMEL, WHY ARE YOU YELLING?
Amel says SHE SAID THEY'RE UGLY.
Dorte asks WHO SAID THAT?
Amel says ANDREA.
Dorte says GIRLS, YOU MUSTN'T TEASE THE BOYS.
BUT YOU CAN... NO?
THEN YOU CAN'T TEASE THEM EITHER.
Later, the kids and Dorte sing "A BIG INDIAN CHIEF WELCOMED THEM.
A BIG INDIAN CHIEF WELCOMED THEM.
A BIG INDIAN CHIEF WELCOMED THEM.
TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS.
HE KISSED THEM AND HUGGED THEM AND PUT THEM TO BED.
As they sing they make Indian headbands using colourful feathers.
They continue HE KISSED THEM AND HUGGED THEM AND PUT THEM TO BED.
HE KISSED THEM AND HUGGED THEM AND PUT THEM TO BED.
One of the boys shows Dorte his green band with light blue and red feathers stuck on it and says I'M DONE WITH MY FEATHER CROWN.
Dorte says LET ME SEE. GREAT.
NOW YOU HAVE TO COME UP WITH A NAME.
NATIVE AMERICANS ARE OFTEN NAMED AFTER
STRONG ANIMALS, LIKE BEARS OR EAGLES.
SO YOU HAVE TO COME UP
WITH A NATIVE AMERICAN NAME.
Amel says STRONG LION.
She asks WERE THERE LIONS WHERE THEY LIVED?
He says NO... STRONG BEAR.
Later, he walks down the hallway wearing his crown and shouting like a native American.
He tells Dorte about the afternoon.
He says WE WERE PLAYING TABLE TENNIS AT FIRST.
FIRST ONAN PLAYED TO FATTY,
AND THEN FATTY PASSED IT TO KENAN.
THEN KENAN SMASHED IT AT ME.
THEN WHEN THE BALL CAME BACK TO HIM
HE HIT IT RIGHT HERE.
I COULDN'T REACH IT,
SO KENAN SAID I WAS OUT.
AND THE OTHERS BELIEVED HIM.
Dorte asks SO YOU GOT MAD?
He says YES.
Dorte says THAT'S WHY JEANETTE CAME AND TOLD ME
THAT YOU WANTED TO SEE ME.
He says YES.
Dorte says THAT WAS REALLY WELL DONE.
INSTEAD OF GETTING ANGRY,
YOU ASKED TO SPEAK TO ME.
She strokes his back and says DOESN'T THAT FEEL BETTER THAN
GETTING ANGRY AND WANTING TO RUN OFF?
She asks WHY DO YOU WANT TO RUN OFF?
He shuts his eyes and says BECAUSE SOMETIMES I HATE SCHOOL.
I DON'T WANT TO BE HERE
WHEN I'M REALLY TIRED.
She says I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU REALLY
HATE SCHOOL, OR IF YOU'RE JUST TIRED?
He answers I DO LIKE SCHOOL. BUT WHEN I'M TIRED
I DON'T WANT TO COME HERE.
She says I FEEL THAT WAY TOO
WHEN I WAKE UP TIRED.
BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT
WHEN YOU GET TIRED OR ANGRY -
WE CAN'T HAVE YOU RUNNING OFF.
He looks away and says I KNOW.
She asks HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT
GOING TO... WAS IT HELSINGE?
He says NO, IT'S FREDERIKSSUND.
He sits and looks out the window.
She says AND THAT'S ON 1ST MARCH?
He says I'M GLAD IT'S FREDERIKSSUND,
BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS THERE.
She asks YOU ALREADY KNOW
SOME PEOPLE IN THAT AREA?
DO THEY STAY OUT OF TROUBLE?
He says THEY'RE NICE.
She chuckles and says A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE IS ALL RIGHT.
He says YES.
IT CAN BE A LOT OF FUN.
She answers A BIT OF TEASING IS ALL RIGHT.
He says YES.
WHEN IT'S SUMMERTIME IN BOSNIA -
AND THERE'S FRUIT ON ALL THE TREES,
WE GO AROUND AND STEAL IT.
She asks YOU STEAL THE FRUIT?
He says YES, AND THEN THEY CHASE US.
She says DANISH CHILDREN DO THAT TOO.
WE CALL IT "APPLE SCRUMPING."
He smiles and says WHEN I CAME TO DENMARK,
I MISSED MY FRIENDS FROM BOSNIA A LOT.
BUT I HAVE A FACEBOOK PROFILE,
SO I CAN WRITE TO ALL OF THEM.
She asks WHAT LANGUAGE DO YOU WRITE IN?
He says BOSNIAN.
She says YOU STILL REMEMBER BOSNIAN?
He answers YES.
Amel walks downstairs taking the freshly baked buns in a bowl to share.
He walks into the classroom.
The teacher counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
He sets them down on the table and says DO NOT TOUCH!
Someone points at the bun in his hand and says YOU'RE EATING!
The teacher says 10, 20...
A girl says 21, 23, 25, 26, 28.
The teacher answers NO. 10, 20, 21...
She tries again 22, 23, 25...
He says NO...
Now the kids run outside in the snow and have a snowball fight.
A boy manages to hit one of the girls and yells ARE YOU HIDING?
They laugh and he says DO YOU HAVE SNOW INSIDE YOUR COLLAR?
Magomed looks at the kids running in the snow and having a good time.
Now, Dorte speaks to Magomed and a girl with shoulder length brown hair.
She says YOU'VE TURNED 11, SO YOU SHOULD
ACTUALLY SWITCH TO BLUE CLASS.
BUT WE THINK YOU'VE BOTH
BECOME SO GOOD AT DANISH -
THAT YOU SHOULD GO
TO A DANISH SCHOOL.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Dana says MY MUM...
A caption on the screen reads "Dana, Magomeds younger sister."
Dorte asks YES? WHAT DOES YOUR MUM SAY?
She says NOT GOOD...
Dorte says YOUR MUM DOESN'T LIKE THE IDEA?
I'LL TALK TO HER AND ASK
WHY SHE DOESN'T LIKE THE IDEA.
BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Magomed rubs his head and says I DON'T KNOW.
Dorte says YOU DON'T KNOW...
IS IT BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW
THE KIDS AND THE TEACHERS?
She says YES. AND THAT MAKES YOU NERVOUS.
"NERVOUS" IS WHEN YOU'RE A BIT SCARED.
YOU GET NERVOUS
WHEN YOU FEEL UNCERTAIN.
IS THAT WHAT IT IS?
She says YES, I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT.
She turns to Dana and asks WHAT ABOUT YOU, DANA?
Dana answers I DON'T KNOW ALL THE WORDS IN DANISH.
Dorte says THAT'S TRUE, BUT YOU'RE VERY SMART.
YOU'RE GOOD AT READING AND WRITING.
WHEN YOU'RE AROUND
DANISH CHILDREN ALL THE TIME,
THEN YOU'LL LEARN DANISH
AND OTHER THAN BEING SMART,
YOU TWO ARE ALSO VERY FRIENDLY.
SO WHEN YOU GO TO A DANISH SCHOOL,
YOU'LL MAKE FRIENDS,
BECAUSE YOU'RE KIND AND FRIENDLY.
YOU'RE READY FOR A DANISH SCHOOL,
AND YOU'D BE BORED HERE WITH US.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT BORING MEANS?
THE NEW CHILDREN DON'T KNOW DANISH.
SO WE'RE STARTING OVER;
THE NAMES OF DAYS AND MONTHS,
ITEMS OF CLOTHING
AND THE NAMES OF COLOURS.
YOU TWO ALREADY KNOW ALL OF THAT.
AND YOU CAN READ AND WRITE DANISH.
AND YOU'LL GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL.
BUT YOU MIGHT BE IN DIFFERENT GRADES.
A clip shows Magomed playing soccer with friends and then walking home.
Dorte speaks to Magomed and Danas mother at school.
She says WE'VE CALLED YOU TO A MEETING TO TALK
ABOUT DANA AND MAGOMED'S SCHOOLING.
The translator looks at the mom and translates.
Dorte continues WE WANTED TO TALK TO YOU
ABOUT WHY THEY'RE SO NERVOUS,
AND TO ASK WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE.
AS I'VE ALREADY TOLD YOUR HUSBAND,
YOU HAVE TWO WONDERFUL KIDS.
THEY WOULD DO WELL IN A DANISH SCHOOL,
AND ALSO SOCIALLY.
THEY HAVE GOOD SOCIAL SKILLS.
WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND THINK
ABOUT THEM GOING TO A DANISH SCHOOL?
She says I DON'T KNOW
HOW THE TEACHING WORKS THERE,
BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD
FOR THEM TO GO TO A DANISH SCHOOL.
Dorte nods and says I'M REALLY GLAD TO HEAR THAT.
THAT SOUNDS GREAT.
I KNOW THEY'LL BE
A BIT QUIET TO BEGIN WITH
BUT I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT IT.
I'M SURE THEY'LL DO WELL.
PERSONALLY, I FEEL LUCKY
TO HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW YOUR KIDS.
They laugh and get emotional.
Dorte says I ACTUALLY DON'T WANT THEM TO LEAVE.
BUT IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO MOVE ON.
Now Magomed hangs his bag on the back of his chair and goes out of the classroom to fetch Dorte.
As he sees her he says GOOD MORNING!
DORTE, I GOT MY RESIDENCE PERMIT.
She smiles and hugs hi tightly as she says CONGRATULATIONS! THAT'S GREAT!
ARE YOU HAPPY?
She asks AND YOUR PARENTS?
He says THEY'RE HAPPY TOO.
Dorte says SHALL WE GO TELL THE OTHERS?
In the classroom; Magomeds dad sits next to him at his desk.
Dorte says GO AHEAD AND TAKE A SEAT.
The children sit at a table with a red cloth spread over it and some of them are wearing Santa hats.
Magomeds fathers cell phone rings.
He says HELLO?
YES, IT'S USMAN.
MY FAMILY HAS JUST BEEN GRANTED
RESIDENCY, BUT I WAS REJECTED.
THEY DON'T TRUST ME HERE.
I DON'T KNOW WHY.
Magomed looks at his dad in silence.
Each child works on a glass jar. They colour it with markers.
Now the children and their parents dance around the Christmas tree and chant together holding hands and smiling.
They sing AND CHRISTMAS LASTS UNTIL EASTER
Now they play ball. Magomeds dad watches and grins.
A boy says NO, IT'S NOT SO, IT'S NOT SO
FOR IN-BETWEEN COMES THE FAST
A boy shouts MAGOMED!
Magomed says ADAM! PLAY BY THE RULES!
They keep playing and shout
Later in the evening, Magomed and his dad sit at the tea table.
There´s a roll of paper napkins on it, some cups and a cake.
Magomeds dad slides a plate towards him and says USE A PLATE WHEN YOU EAT
SO YOU DON'T DIRTY THE TABLE.
Magomed asks DIDN'T WE ALL GET RESIDENCY?
Dad says I DIDN'T, BUT YOU ALL DID.
Magomed says WHY DIDN'T YOU?
He answers THEY SAY THAT I'M LYING
EVEN THOUGH I HAVE DOCUMENTATION.
Magomed asks WHAT DID THE RUSSIANS DO TO YOU
WHEN THEY CAPTURED YOU IN CHECHNYA?
He explains THEY CAPTURED ME AND CLAIMED
THAT I HAD EXPLOSIVES IN MY CAR.
I SAID I DIDN'T,
SO THEY HIT ME WITH A RIFLE.
THEY PUT A MASK OVER MY HEAD.
THEY PUT WIRE AROUND TWO OF MY FINGERS
AND SHOCKED ME.
THEY YELLED, "TELL US!"
THEY SHOCKED ME
UNTIL I FELL UNCONSCIOUS -
AND STARTED AGAIN AS SOON
AS I REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS.
AFTER THEY HAD TORTURED ME,
I RETURNED TO MY FAMILY -
AND THEY COULDN'T RECOGNIZE ME.
I WAS COVERED IN BRUISES.
MY RIBS WERE BROKEN AND ALMOST BLACK.
Magomed says WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU WENT
BACK TO CHECHNYA, AND WE STAYED HERE?
Dad answers THEY WOULD SHOOT ME OR PUT ME
IN PRISON FOR A MINIMUM OF 15 YEARS.
I WOULD RATHER BE SHOT
THAN GO TO PRISON FOR 15 YEARS.
They stare at each other in silence.
Magomed lies in bed looking at the ceiling.
A clip shows him looking out the bus window as his dad waves him goodbye.
At school the kids eat their snacks together.
The teacher says WHEN YOU'RE DONE EATING,
WE'RE GOING TO THE KITCHEN.
IS MAGOMED AND DANA'S LAST DAY.
Magomed holds his mouth and listens carefully.
Someone asks IS HE MOVING?
The teacher answers YES, HE GOT HIS RESIDENCY.
A boy asks WHEN? TOMORROW? TODAY?
The teacher says HE DOESN'T KNOW.
Magomed pulls at his lower lip.
A boy asks WHERE ARE YOU MOVING TO?
The teacher says HE DOESN'T KNOW YET.
Now Dana and Magomed talk to Dorte.
She says IS THERE ANYONE
YOU NEED TO SAY GOODBYE TO?
DID YOU SAY GOODBYE
TO RAKEL AND SANDRA?
Dana smiles and says NO.
Dorte says WOULD YOU LIKE TO?
Dorte says ALL RIGHT. WE'LL DO THAT
WHEN CLASS IS OVER.
IS THERE ANYONE ELSE?
Dana points at Gert and smiles shyly as she says HIM.
Dorte says GERT MAYBE? WHY DON'T YOU GO
SAY GOODBYE TO GERT THEN?
Dana walks up to a man in his fifties; he has short gray hair and wears glasses and a dark green jacket.
Gert outs a hand on Danas shoulder and says GOODBYE.
ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK.
YOU'RE A GOOD STUDENT.
Dorte says YES, SHE IS.
Now the bell rings and the kids put their things away. They lift their chairs and put on their jackets to leave.
Dorte says THERE GOES THE BELL.
GOODBYE AND THANKS FOR NOW.
SEE YOU TOMORROW.
As Magomed leaves the classroom, Dorte waits for him and hugs him tenderly as she says HEY, I GET A HUG!
THERE'S NO ESCAPE!
DID YOU GET ALL YOUR BELONGINGS?
Dorte stands at the school parking lot and smiles at Magomed in the bus.
She waves and he smiles back at her. The bus leaves.
She sighs and goes into the building.
At his house Magomed stands in a hallway as his mother cleans the floor of the empty house.
Magomed picks up a white bag and says DO I REALLY
HAVE TO TAKE DOWN THE TRASH?
He walks downstairs and sees two men piling bags on a wheeled cart.
He says ARE ALL MY THINGS PACKED?
They answer YES.
A clip shows Magomed and his family riding in a car and walking into their new apartment. It has large windows and a round table in a corner. A bed and mattress opposite the table.
Magomed holds his younger brothers hands as he says MY HANDS ARE COLD.
IT'S TIME FOR TEA SOON.
Magomed walks toward the large glass door to the balcony and looks at the view.
A balck slate appears.
It reads "IN 2013, ALL THE TEACHERS
AT THE RED CROSS SCHOOL WERE LET GO
DUE TO CUTBACKS
IN THE DANISH IMMIGRATION SERVICE.
AFTER A RESTRUCTURING, THE TEACHERS
WERE OFFERED EMPLOYMENT AGAIN.
DORTE IS NOW EMPLOYED
AT A REGULAR DANISH PUBLIC SCHOOL."
Clips show the kids as they are now, around fourteen in their schoolyards.
The caption reads "SHEMUZ IS STILL IN DENMARK
AND ATTENDS A DANISH PUBLIC SCHOOL.
ALI GOT HIS RESIDENCY AFTER FIVE YEARS,
AS BOTH HIS PARENTS ARE MENTALLY ILL.
HE ATTENDS A SCHOOL
FOR TROUBLED CHILDREN.
HEDA ATTENDED A DANISH SCHOOL
FOR SIX MONTHS.
SHE WAS THEN DEPORTED TO CHECHNYA
WITH HER FAMILY.
THEY FLED AGAIN AND ARE NOW
BACK IN DENMARK, SEEKING ASYLUM.
AMEL LIVES IN A DANISH CHILDREN'S HOME
AS HIS MOTHER IS MENTALLY ILL.
HE ATTENDS A SCHOOL
FOR TROUBLED CHILDREN.
MAGOMED STILL LIVES IN DENMARK
AND ATTENDS A DANISH SCHOOL.
HIS FATHER'S CASE WAS REOPENED
AFTER THE FAMILY OBTAINED RESIDENCY.
HIS FATHER HAS NOW
BEEN GRANTED RESIDENCY AS WELL."
Magomed flies a drone that shows an aerial view of his schoolyard and the city surrounding it.
End credits roll.
Director Andreas Koefoed.
Producer Sara Stockmann.
Produced by Sonntag pictures with the support of the Danish Film Institute by consultant Helle Hansen.
With the support of The department of Education distributed Funds.
Produced in cooperation with TV2 Denmark with support from Sussi and Peter Adeinsohns Fund.