Along the Way

Mijke de Jong

P&I Selection 2022

  • 80'
  • Netherlands
  • 2022

She presented her first film at the festival in 1990 and now Mijke de Jong is back at IFFR with Along the Way, the moving story of two refugees trying to reach Fortress Europe. The film’s genesis lies in the voluntary work De Jong did at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, where she met the Afghan twins Nahid and Malihe. Touched by their story, ambitions and talent, De Jong decided to collaborate with them. 

This results in a moving, powerful film about Fatima and Zahra’s experiences, stranded, as they are, in Istanbul after a life-threatening journey from Teheran. Their goal is Greece, but even then they will still be nowhere. Like other young adults Fatima and Zahra hope they will make it; they dream of careers as filmmakers. With their ingenuity and resilience, they will undoubtedly succeed – if they are given the opportunity.

Director
Mijke de Jong
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Language
Farsi
Producers
Frank Hoeve, Katja Draaijer
Production Company
BALDR Film
Sales
BALDR Film
Screenplay
Jolein Laarman, Jan Eilander, Mijke de Jong
Cinematography
Ton Peters
Editor
Dorith Vinken
Production Design
Jorien Sont
Sound Design
Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Music
Rui Reis Maia
Cast
Malihe Rezaie, Nahid Rezaie, Sina Nazari
Local Distributor
September Film