Project Description



Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir to flee to Europe, and he marries with Dutch hairdresser Kimmy in order to be able to stay there, but his adventure ends at Lampedusa where he was imprisoned because of being an illegal immigrant. The movie focuses on two lovers who are ready to give up everything to be together again because of their son Rafaël’s birth. Inspired from the real events, Rafaël is a moving story about borders, dreams, red tape that trumps love and prison walls.

  • Netherlands Film Festival – Best Actress ( Melody Klaver )
  • Pula Film Festival – Golden Arena Production Award
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Saturday, 20 June
Guests: Ben Sombogaart – Melody Klaver
Moderator: Aslı Şahin
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06/20/2020 02:00 PM
06/20/2020 02:30 PM
Instagram Live Q&A – Rafael
Guests: Ben Sombogaart – Melody Klaver – Moderator: Aslı Şahin
Year 2018, Netherlands, Belgium, Serbia
Language English, Dutch, Arabic, Italian
Runtime 105′
Subtitle Turkish
Color Color
Format Digital
Director Ben Sombogaart
Screenwriter Tijs van Marle, Massimo Guadioso
Cinematography Jan Verdurme
Editing David Verdurme
Music Hannes De Maeyer
Producer Reinier Selen
Cast Melody Klaver, Nabil Mallat, Mehdi Meskar


Ben Sombogaart

  • 1989 – Mijn Vader Woont in Rio
  • 1991 – Het Zakmes
  • 1996 – De Jongen die Niet Meer Praatte
  • 2002 – De Iweeling
  • 2008 – Bride Flight