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How Do You Spell Home?

How Do You Spell Home?

Louisiana Mees-Fongang
Belgium
2023
86 min
World Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

Juneco is a centre for unaccompanied minor refugees in the Flanders region of Belgium, home to young people from countries such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Eritrea. They stay here until they turn 18, when those who have been granted asylum in Belgium can look for a home of their own. Those whose applications have been rejected face an uncertain future in a country where they are no longer welcome.

Filmmaker Louisiana Mees-Fongang spent months in the small-scale home, where there is a fragile balance between the residents, who have already been through so much, and the dedicated staff. She captures the young people’s life stories, and observes lively, tumultuous group activities, quiet moments between two girls, and young people trying to withdraw from the unintentionally tense group dynamics.

Juneco appears to be a complex in-between phase for these teenagers. On the one hand, the home is full of hope and warmth; on the other, there are uncertainties and fears about the future. Still lifes of roses in the garden provide visual moments of tranquility in this infectious and hopeful, but also distressing film about finding a home.

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Credits
86 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch, Urdu, Dari, Sinhalese
Director
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang
Production
    Maarten Bernaerts for Diplodokus,
    Tom Bleyaert for VRT,
    Barbara Dyck for Diplodokus,
    Simon Vrebos for VRT
    Maarten Bernaerts for Diplodokus,
    Tom Bleyaert for VRT,
    Barbara Dyck for Diplodokus,
    Simon Vrebos for VRT
Co-production
    Laurence Buelens for Rayuela Productions
    Laurence Buelens for Rayuela Productions
Cinematography
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang
Editing
    Dieter Diependaele
    Dieter Diependaele
Sound
    Wederik De Backer
    Wederik De Backer
Screenplay
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang,
    Wederik De Backer
    Louisiana Mees-Fongang,
    Wederik De Backer
Music
    Manon De Sutter
    Manon De Sutter
Involved TV Channel
    VRT
    VRT
Screening copy
    Diplodokus
    Diplodokus

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