Surprising Europe

Jean Hellwig, Rogier Kappers / Documentary / 2011 / 67' & 9x25'

An international cross media project about the life of African migrants in Europe that consists of a documentary about the initiator of the project (Ssuuna Golooba), a nine part television series about the life of African migrants in Europe and an interactive website where African migrants voice their concerns and share their stories

The documentary  is about Ssuuna Golooba, a Ugandan photojournalist who moved to Europe but finds out that life as an undocumented migrant is not how he imagined it. He decides to inform his people back home. Will they believe him? The 9 episodes tv series is about the life of African (mainly) illegal migrants in Europe. and the interactive website is an informational platform for (potential) African migrants.



Human, Al Jazeera
Financed by
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, Human, Mediafonds, Digitale Pioniers, ICCO, NCDO, Stichting Doen


Jean Hellwig