Directed by Brecht Vanmeirhaeghe
20 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2009 / BELGIUM / SEVERAL LANGUAGES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Beyond Borders is a strong poet mosaic narration representing three people of different ethnic origin having a physical or mental disability.
Al Amin was born in Iraq just before the war. He was born with Down Syndrome along with a heart disease. When war breaks out, his mother flees to Belgium. Her only goal is the survival of her son.
Elena is 22 when she flees from Uzbekistan to Belgium with her little son. After half a year the first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are diagnosed.
Mohamed is born in Morocco and soon comes to Belgium. He is blind, but has a strong spirit. His dream is to run a marathon.
“Beyond Borders takes you beyond the dividing lines between people. It breaks through the walls of indifference and insensibility. This film simply leaves no one untouched.” Dirk Tieleman, Belgian TV journalist.
The film was financed through Handicum, a non profit organization, working for and with disabled people. They had the initial idea of the film as part of a project concerning disabled people of different ethnic origins in Belgium. The film was financed by the Flemish culture department and the province of Eastern Flanders. The executive producer was filmmaker Fabio Wuytack, who has already won several international prizes for his documentaries.