The False Children

This programme takes us on a dramatic journey to Iraq with the eigth-year-old refugee Yousef, who longs to be reunited with his real parents – a journey that proves to be not only difficult but also highly dangerous.

The False Children

The False Children

The False Children follows the story of an eight-year-old refugee who has run away from home. The boy discloses that the man and woman he has been living with are not his real parents. This programme goes on to show that many refugee children have been “reunited” with false parents in the West.

We accompany the boy, Yousef, on a dramatic, highly emotional journey back to the parents in Iraq, who originally dispatched their son to Denmark.

The documentary reveals everything from the difficulties of planning travel to a war-ravaged country, of dealing with government bureaucracies, to the dangers posed by an actual journey into the chaos of Iraq.

We appreciate Yousef’s longing to see his family and his trepidation at returning to them, and we are present at the thought-provoking encounter between two very different approaches to childrearing: an encounter that does not turn out quite as expected.

Director Jacob Adrian Mikkelsen
Producer Steen Jensen
Produced by DR
Duration 59 min.
Year of Production 2005
Original Title The False Children
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