EN - Doctor Bartolo found Omar, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant stranded on Lampedusa’s coast. Despite the ongoing burden of death at sea, he offers Omar a family, a home and a job as an interpreter in the local detention centre. Around the same time also Adam, a 16-year-old from Ghana, is taken in by a hotelkeeper’s family and works as a valet. Both boys have been lucky. Or have they? Lampedusa: promised land or prison in the Mediterranean Sea? Through 2 unique adoption stories, we experience the search for freedom of both the Lampedusiani and its newcomers.

NL - Omar is een 21-jarige vluchteling uit Tunesië. Net als zovele andere vluchtelingen verliet hij Tunesië in 2011 tijdens de Arabische lente in een gammele boot en strandde hij op de kust van Lampedusa. Omar heeft het geluk opgevangen te worden door de lokale arts die de aangespoelde vluchtelingen de eerste zorgen geeft. In diezelfde periode bereikt ook de 16-jarige Adam uit Ghana het eiland. Hij wordt opgevangen door een hoteluitbater en werkt in het hotel als hulpje. Beide jongens hebben geluk gehad. Of toch niet?


Title No Man is an Island
Original title No Man is an Island
Original language Italian, Arabic, Akan
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-12-01


Photography Laurens De Geyter, Renaat Lambeets, Rik Zang
Editing Koen Timmerman
Sound Christophe Vandepitte
Music Mathieu Vandekerckhove, Raphael Absolonne
Mix Pedro Van Der Eecken
Artwork Amira Daoudi

Technical specs

Running time film 70'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Dolby 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image, Canvas, Media Programme of the European Union, the Pascal Decroos Fund, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government


2017: Diritti a Todi - Human Rights International Film Festival (IT); Millenium International Documentary Film Festival (BE); Document Human Rights Film Festival (UK); The Milan International Filmmaker Festival 2017 (IT)

2016: One World Film Festival Prague (CZ); Thessaloniki Film Festival (GR); International Spectrum - Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (CA); MOOOV Film Festival (BE); Docs Against Gravity (PL); Docville (BE); Festival International du Film Insulaire (FR); Film Festival Oostende (BE); Docfest Maastricht (NL); Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest (DE)

Strong Flemish presence at Docville

From 29 April-7 May at Docville in Leuven, Belgian documentaries will be in the spotlight once again. This year’s National Competition has a distinctly Flemish tinge, with screenings including The Land of the Enlightened, Samuel in the Clouds, No Man Is an Island and The Invisible City [Kakuma]. Two Flemish documentaries - Wim and Truth or Consequence - will also receive their world premieres at Docville.

Samuel In The CloudsIn Wim, filmmaker Lut Vandekeybus dives into the complex poetic universe of her brother, acclaimed choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus, while Truth or Consequence by Sam Ostyn is a captivating and poetic portrait of a tiny town in the New Mexico desert that changed its name to the title of a radio show.

Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Hot Docs takes two from Flanders

Pieter-Jan De Pue’s debut feature The Land Of The Enlightened and Tim De Keersmaecker’s No Man Is an Island have both been selected for the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (28 April – 8 May) in Canada. No Man Is an Island is set to receive its North American premiere as part of the International Spectrum Competition, while The Land Of The Enlightened will be presented in the World Showcase programme. Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America.

No Man Is An IslandIn The Land of the Enlightened - a poetic mix between fiction and documentary - Pieter-Jan De Pue tells the story of a group of Kuchi children who wage their own mini-wars in the daily madness of life in Afghanistan.

Published on Tuesday 29 March 2016

Two Flemish documentaries have their world premieres at MOOOV Film Festival

The Invisible City [Kakuma], directed by Lieven Corthouts; and Samuel in the Clouds, directed by Pieter Van Eecke, are to have their world premieres at the MOOOV Film Festival (19 April-3 May) in Belgium. A further three docs from Flanders - The Land of the Enlightened, No Man Is an Island and Reach for the Sky - have also been selected. The MOOOV festival is set to screen 101 films from 37 different countries.

The Invisible City [Kakuma]The Invisible City [Kakuma] follows director Lieven Corthouts to Kakuma, a Kenyan refugee camp where countless unaccompanied minors arrive every day. The children grab all the chances they get and try to build a new life and a future. But can Kakuma offer a real future in a new home or is it just a waiting area, where the only option is to continue the dangerous journey to Europe?

Published on Monday 21 March 2016

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Director Tim De Keersmaecker
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Tim De Keersmaecker, Anna Luyten

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