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By Thierry Michel & Pascal Colson

Affiche des Enfants du Hasard

A film by Thierry Michel et Pascal Colson 

A coproduction Les Films de la Passerelle RTBF Unité Documentaires WIP Wallonie Image Production produced with the support of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / la Wallonie (Wallimage) TV5 Monde RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Radio-Canada Fonds pour le Journalisme / Creative EuropeMEDIA Programme of the European Union / Ministère de l'éducation / Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique / Neo Tech / Liege Airport / Shelter Prod, Tax and ING International sales DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL


In the small municipal school of a former mining town, students from immigrant backgrounds complete their primary education cycle with Brigitte, a teacher whose caring enthusiasm prepares these schoolchildren to flourish in a changing world. The film follows the educational journey of these grandchildren of minors, predominantly Muslim and most of Turkish origin. While some of their elders choose to withdraw into their identity, this film highlights the way in which children seek to build themselves and give meaning to their lives. It captures their doubts and thoughts during terrorist attacks and in the face of harassment on social networks. An ode to life, narrated by the voices of children, this documentary above all reveals their hopes and their vision of the future. It captures spontaneity, the pleasure of being, the end of a carefree time with its fragilities. The film thus weaves the links between past, present and future and outlines a sense of possible happiness, within school and society.

Technical sheet
Year: 2017
Duration: 100'
Languages: French, English, Dutch 
Screenplay: Thierry Michel, Pascal Colson &
 Christine Pireaux
Direction: Thierry Michel & Pascal Colson
Cinematography: Thierry Michel & Pascal Colson

Sound: David Henrard, Olivier Charlier &

Jean-Sébastien Debry

Editor: Idriss Gabel
Sound editing: Sébastien De Mol
Mixing: Michel Goossens &
Jean-Jacques Quinet
Calibration: Benjamin Dontaine
Production Director: Celine Rauw
Christine Pireaux - Les Films de la Passerelle
Festival selections (9)

Algiers International Cinema Festival

FIFF Namur


Francophone Cinema Fortnight

IDFA 2017

FIPA 2018

Festival 2 Valenciennes

Venice TV Award


Awards (6)
Audience Award - Algiers International Cinema Festival
★UNESCO Gandhi Medal - Algiers International Cinema Festival​
★Young European Jury Prize – FIPA 2018
★Documentary Grand Prize – Festival 2 Valenciennes
★Student Jury Prize – Festival 2 Valenciennes
★Special Mention - IRTS
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