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PUSHBACK (2021)

On the borders of Europe a humanitarian drama unfolds. Boat refugees trying to safely reach land are being pushed back into the open sea, causing many people to die. This must stop now. Don't look away.

Completed On: 03 Jun, 2021

Duration: 2 min 58 sec

Genres: Documentary, Short

Country: Netherlands

Director: Roel Swierenga

Submitted By: Roel Swierenga

PUSHBACK Poster
On the borders of Europe a humanitarian drama unfolds. Boat refugees trying to safely reach land are being pushed back into the open sea, causing many people to die. This must stop now. Don't look away.
  • Directors
    Roel Swierenga
  • Producers
    Roel Swierenga
  • Writers
    Roel Swierenga
  • Key Cast
    Marian van Voorn
  • Film Type
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres
    short documentary
  • Runtime
    2 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date
    03 Jun, 2021
  • Production Budget
    1000 EUR
  • Country of Origin
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming
    Greece, Netherlands
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
    iPhone 11 Pro, 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    Yes

Stockholm City Film Festival
Sweden
Stockholm
Winner My 1st Documentary, June 2021

Royal Wolf Film Academy
United States
Los Angeles
Winner Best Short Documentary, August 2021

Reale Film Festival
Italy
Milano
Winner, Honorable Mention for best short documentary, July/August 2021

San Francisco Short Film Festival
United States
San Francisco
Official Selection, September 2021

Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
France
Paris
Official Selection, Finalist June/July 2021

Argenteuil International Film Festival
France
Argenteuil
Official Selection, Finalist, June 2021

Amsterdam Short Film Festival
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Official Selection, June 2021

The Film Inn Leaderboard
United Kingdom
London
Official Selection

ThinkShorts
United States
online platform
Official Selection, Honorable Mention

Director's Biography

Roel Swierenga is the founder of the Hansa Green Tour Foundation in The Netherlands and organizer of sustainability events, study trips & trade delegations, and speaker at conferences. As director of the annual Hansa Green Tour event in Europe, an epic road trip with electric and alternative energy vehicles through Northern Europe, he decided to have these inspiring sustainability road trips documented and filmed from the very beginning in 2011 for personal use and to share with all partners and participants.

Over the years these video documentaries have become more professional and nowadays Hansa Green Tour organizes re-union events where these documentaries are proudly presented to participants, partners and sponsors. As event director however Roel Swierenga was mostly guiding the camera crew, busy behind the scenes but not behind the camera himself. Due to the covid pandemic and all events & traveling being cancelled, Roel Swierenga started to train himself in mobile filmmaking, editing and drone flying skills.

In 2021 he started to make a first series of short films, to gain experience and learn the art of mobile filmmaking with smartphones, smartphone lenses and drones. With the ambition to grow as a filmmaker and make impactful productions.

The short film PUSHBACK is his first time entry as a filmmaker.

Director's Statement

The world is a great place for all of us that live in freedom. Let's celebrate our freedom but don't look away from those who don't live in freedom and stand up for their rights

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Laurels and Certificates
  • Winner Best Short Documentary, Stockholm City Film Festival
  • Winner Best Short Documentary, Royal Wolf Film Awards, August 2021
  • Winner Honorable Mention, Reale Film Festival, August 2021
  • Finalist Beyond the Curve Int Film Festival
  • Finalist Argenteuil Int Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Amsterdam Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, San Francisco Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, The Film Inn Leaderboard
  • Official Selection, Think Shorts