This is one of the most conceptually rigorous documentaries I've seen, well, since Harun Farocki passed away. Consisting of a prologue, three parts and an epilogue, Stranger in Paradise is a gripping look at the international refugee problem, from an oblique angle.
There’s a bracing, hateful clarity in someone who’s willing to say exactly what they mean, even/especially if it’s vile. Is the instructor saying what he feels in his bones, or merely being ruthlessly tough-minded in summarizing the prevailing political climate for a group of people who need to know what they’re up against?
Whether you agree or not with Hendrikx’s methods or the validity or purpose of them, this is a more original and effective attempt to engage with the issues than most, or rather, to instigate viewers to reflect on them themselves. Amongst of a deluge of more simplistic, unipolar and digestible docs on the topic, this is very welcome.