2016-05-17

How to build a home in a place called nowhere? Filmmaker Lieven Corthouts decided to stay in one of the toughest places on earth and make this camp his home.

Kakuma refugee camp, built in the middle of the Turkana desert (Kenya), is the fastest growing city in the region. Many of its new arrivals are children sent out of conflict zones by their parents. Against all odds, these children grab all opportunities in the camp to rebuild their life. While waiting for her mother to return from South Sudan, Nyakong (8) starts to go to school. Slowly she creates a new home in the camp. At the age of 17, teenagers like Claude and Khadijo consequently compete for international scholarships, get a job, even build their own house.

Filmmaker Lieven Corthouts decided to stay in one of the toughest places on earth and make this camp his home. While filming his friends for more than 4 years, he unveils the accomplishments of these strong, smart children and the true dynamics of a refugee camp. Can Kakuma really offer a future? Or is it just a waiting room, where the only option is to plan your journey to Europe?

Lieven Corthouts

Lieven Corthouts is a self-taught filmmaker who travelled the world before living in Ethiopia for 10 years.
A working grant of € 5.000, allocated on 27/01/2014.
ID
FPD/2013/1074
Grant
Fonds Pascal Decroos

DOCUMENTARY

The Invisible City / Kakuma, 25/05/2016 

Meer info: https://theinvisiblecitykakuma.com/

RADIO

De stad die niet bestaat, Interne Keuken, Radio 1, 22 april 2016