Public event

Film screening and discussion: The Mind Game (2023)

This event is hosted by the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights as part of the 2023 Berlin Human Rights Film Festival.

They call it ‘the game’: the life-threatening journey that many unaccompanied minors undertake to seek protection in Western Europe. For Sajid Khan Nasiri, the game began at age 14 after the Taliban killed his father in Afghanistan. Travelling through Iran and Turkey to Eastern Europe, he gets closer to his destination, chased by violent police and hostile civilians. He records all of this in detail on his phone. After a two-year journey full of dangers and hardships, he arrives in Belgium and applies for asylum. But now a new game begins: the mind game. How does a young person cope with enormous psychological pressure, the suspicion of the authorities and disturbing news from home?

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Els van Driel (Film Director), Sajid Khan Nasiri and Natalie Welfens, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre (RefMig research project).

Prior registration is required for this event.