FESTIVALS:
* DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)
* Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden)
* Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
* One World International Film Festival (Czech Republic)br />
* Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)br />
* Millenium International Documentary Film Festival (Belgium)br />
* Docville / Fonk (Belgium)
* Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
* Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland)
* Magnificent 7 Festival - European Feature Documentary Film Festival (Serbia)
* Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada)
* DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
* CineDoc-Tbilisi - Documentary film festival (Georgia )
* Dok.Fest Münich (Germany)
* Docaviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)
* Krakow Film Festival (Poland)

AWARDS:
* Double prize at Tampere Film Festival:
  Special prize and Church Media Foundation prize
* Audience Award and The Critic's Choise Award
   DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)


Gods of Molenbeek

Category |Children, Human Interest, Religion
Year | 2019
Country | Finland, Belgium, Germany
Running time | 73’&52’
Format | 4K
Production | Zone2 Pictures Oy, Hanne Phlypo/ Clin d'oeil Films, Germany: Iris Pakulla/ Tondowski Films
Director | Reetta Huhtanen


The Molenbeek district of Brussels. In media seen as jihadi capital but home sweet home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aaatos envies Amine’s Muslim faith and looks for his own gods, although his classmate Flo questions him; she is strongly convinced that anyone who believes in God is completely nuts.

The threat of the adults world suddenly interrupts the  children’s play as terrorist bombs explode in a metro station nearby. The streets are filled with tanks, armed soldiers and policemen. Bedtime stories now evoke images of violence and even friendship is put on trial until an expected twist reshapes their lives for good. 

REVIEWS:
“The filmmaker has cleverly made a film that puts the magic of childhood in the foreground as a comment to the world around the two boys. It’s charming, it’s what we remember from our own childhood, it’s what a grandfather like me sees so often, it gives hope, doesn’t it? This film will travel the world.”
    - by Tue Steen Müller, filmkommentaren.dk

" Gods of Molenbeek is a wonderful portrayal of childhood friendship, inquiry and the creation of meaning in a chaotic time."
    - Göteborg International Film Festival

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