Public event

Film screening and discussion: Shadow Game

This event is hosted by the Hertie School Centre for Fundamental Rights in collaboration with the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival and in association with Cinema Politica Berlin, the Berlin chapter of Cinema Politica which is run by Hertie students. It is part of the Fundamental Rights in Practice event series. 

In a context of tightening border and mobility control, the human rights of people on the move are increasingly under pressure. The prize-winning documentary “Shadow Game” follows the attempts of children and teenagers to cross European borders in search of a better future and their numerous encounters with Europe’s violent border and mobility regime.

The post screening discussion with Dr. Grażyna Baranowska (Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School), Dr. Natalie Welfens (Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School) and Hanaa Hakiki (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), chaired by Dr. Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s Law School),  will shed light on the contemporary border and mobility regime documented in the film: Why are people on the move forced to take dangerous routes to and through Europe? What are the current challenges in the EU’s migration and border policies? And what would be viable alternatives to the current harsh management regime of human mobility to the European Union?

This event will take place online. Registered attendees will receive a custom link for watching the film on their own as well as dial-in details for joining the panel discussion via Zoom prior to the event.

The film will be available from 06.12.2021 until 10.12.2021. 


  • Grażyna Baranowska is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School in Berlin. Her project, MIRO, funded through the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, seeks to identify and interpret international legal obligations regarding missing migrants and accordingly critique and shape the practices of the EU, its Member States, and pertinent international organisations. 
    Picture: © BOK + Gärtner GmbH, Karsten Ziegengeist 


    Hanaa Hakiki is a legal advisor at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. She works on border rights with a focus on litigating pushbacks at European borders in front of regional and international judicial mechanisms. She qualified as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, where she specialised in litigating State violence, detention and institutional racism.

  • Natalie Welfens is a postdoctoral researcher working on the project ‘Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights’. Natalie’s research focusses on questions around categorisation practices and resulting inequalities, inclusion and exclusion in refugee recognition processes, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam in 2021. 


  • Ashwini Vasanthakumar is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Legal and Political Philosophy at Queen’s Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford, where she studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

This event is hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights in collaboration with the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival and in association with Cinema Politica Berlin