JEROEN VAN DER DRIFT
CAMERAMAN
Associate Member of the Netherlands
Society of Cinematographers (NSC)

GOING UNDERGROUND WITH ILLEGAL ALIENS
Director: Sander Rietveld
Production: Zembla

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The Netherlands has pursued a rigid immigration policy for years. The Dutch government turns out dozens of undocumented foreigners on a daily basis. Having passed through the system, they must leave and return to their native country. Once they are out on the street, they are “illegal.’ For many, going home is not an option. Their fatherland is either unsafe or no longer accepts them. Inevitably they get picked up again and in some cases are held for extended periods of time without ever being tried for criminal offences. Resistance is growing. As it turns out, another reality exists alongside the national government’s version. Not everyone listens to the tough talk coming out of The Hague. For years, mayors, citizens and churches have been providing a safe haven to undocumented individuals. Zembla steps inside the hidden world of the illegal alien.