Island of Hope


What happens when 200 asylum-seeking boys come to the small danish island Ærø and interact with the local residents?


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Island of Hope

Island of Hope

There is a grave concern in the small community of Ærø when two public centers for unaccompanied boys open in 2015. The Islanders are worried and afraid that the Island is too small for such large group of foreigners. In the beginning the children are met with skepticism but once the inhabitants get to know the teenage boys something unexpected happens.

As we witness the lives of several boys who are trying to adapt while awaiting decision in their asylum case, the inhabitant and the boys slowly find a mutual understanding and friendship in the small community. Heartwarming and heartbreaking moments occur in this beautiful almost fairytale-like story where friendships are made for life.

ISLAND OF HOPE is a warm and touching story about a wide range of people whose lives, thoughts and relationships are moved and challenged in the encounter with strangers. It’s a film that points to the universal in all people – that we need to be seen and be part of a community.

Director Helle Toft Jensen
Producer Helle Toft Jensen
Produced by SPOR Media
Original Title Fremmede i Karl Oves Paradis
Format 1 hour & 52'
Release 2021