EN - The Art of Becoming is a poetic documentary following three unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, Syria and Guinea who hope for a stable future in Europe. Their stories are intertwined: Fattah toils in Istanbul, hoping to earn enough for the journey to Greece and then Italy; Saleh has been living in Europe for three years but yearns for his parents; and Mamadou tries to hang on to his job and his education in Belgium in spite of having become an undocumented migrant. The result is a touching and at times funny movie about three youngsters who resemble their European peers more than they differ from them.

FR – The Art of Becoming est un documentaire poétique qui suit trois jeunes mineurs afghans non accompagnés. Syria et Guinea espèrent s’assurer un futur stable en Europe. Leurs chemins se croisent. Fattah travaille dur à Istanbul, dans l’espoir de gagner assez d’argent pour payer le voyage vers la Grèce, puis l’Italie ; Saleh vit en Europe depuis trois ans mais désire retrouver ses parents et Mamadou essaie de s’accrocher à son job et à ses études en Belgique  malgré qu’il soit devenu un immigré sans papier. A travers leur histoire, c’est l’ensemble du système d’immigration qui est décrit, de l’imagination d’une Europe irréelle à la vie en centre, ou un combat continu pour éviter l’expulsion.


Title The Art of Becoming
Original title The Art of Becoming
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre documentary
Year 2013


Photography Johan Legraie
Editing Koen Timmerman
Sound Gregory Lannoy
Music Karim Baggili

Technical specs

Running time film 60'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray / QT
Aspect ratio 1:2.35
Sound format 5.1 / stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Production partners Caviar Films


2014: Docville (BE), Cine migrante (CL/CO/AR), Festival Enfance à Paris (FR)

2013: Filmfestival Oostende (BE), Festival des Libertés (BE), This Human World (AT)


2013: Nomination Best Documentary for Ensor - Film Festival of Ostend (BE), Grand Prix du Festival des Libertés - Festival des Libertés (BE), RTBF Award - Festival des Libertés (BE)


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  • Iran: Press tv (TV)

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Director Hanne Phlypo, Catherine Vuylsteke
Producers Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch
Writers Hanne Phlypo, Catherine Vuylsteke

Clin d'oeil films
Hanne Phlypo
Groenejagersveld 65
1000 Brussels
T +32 484 97 44 42


Website www.theartofbecoming.be
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