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The Invisible City [Kakuma]

Directed by Lieven Corthouts, 2016

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Creative documentary, Belgium
DCP, Dolby 5.1, colour


Today the big refugee camps in the Horn of Africa have much more to offer than humanitarian aid. As one of the fastest growing cities of the region, Kakuma camp can mean a new beginning, a way out, offering hope for a better future. The Invisible City [Kakuma] links the coming of age of 3 teenagers with the coming of age of refugee camp Kakuma.

The Invisible City [Kakuma] combines a feature documentary with 2 digital platforms: a socially innovative webtool that helps refugee teenagers to find their family in the camp and a webdocumentary that enriches the perspective of Western audiences.


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No available on VOD via VIMEO VOD (worldwide), DALTON.BE
(Belgium), UNIVERSCINE (Belgium & The Netherlands) & AFRIDOCS(Africa).


"Op een verteerbare manier leer je de personages kennen en wordt de tragedie van de situatie duidelijk – geen familie, geen thuis – zonder dat Corthouts je ermee in het gezicht slaat."


Boeiend, beheerst, sereen


"Een persoonlijke en unieke kijk op het leven van vier jonge mensen met een snoeihard verleden. En een bijzonder onzekere toekomst…"

Bogdan Vanden Berghe, directeur 11.11.11

'Dé migratiefilm van het moment neemt kijker mee naar Keniaans vluchtelingenkamp

Focus Knack

Als een vluchtelingenkamp een stad wordt...


Press Kit


Written and directed by Lieven Corthouts

Produced by Emmy Oost - Cassette for timescapes

Coproduced by Samuel Feller - Magellan Films

Editing by Jan De Coster

Developed with the support of DOK.Incubator Workshop 2015, Good Pitch Europe 2016, FIPA 2016, SOURCES 2, Protopitch, Pixel Market, SmartFipa, The Edinburgh Pitch 2014, Milennium Web-Doc Meetings 2013, Good Mooov, XO DOX 2012, Expérience Interactives 2013

With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image, CANVAS, Belgische Ontwikkelingssamenwerking - DGD Federale Overheidsdienst Buitenlandse Zaken, Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, MEDIA programme of the European Union, The Pascal Decroos Fund, The Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government

Distributor Belgium Dalton Distribution


Scam & Le Soir for best Millenium webdoc pitch and by Protopitch 2013

VOD prize of Under The Milky Way at Dok Incubator 2015

Bayer Award for the section Denied Location Ischia Film Festival 2017 (IT)

Award of Excellence: Documentary Feature The Impact DOCS Awards 2017 (USA)


Mooov Film Festival 2016 (BE) World premiere

Docville 2016 (BE) Nominated for Best Belgian Documentary

Festival van de Gelijkheid 2016 (BE)

Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains 2017 (CH) International premiere

Human Rights Night 2017 (IT)

The African Film Festival (TAFF) 2017 (USA)

Belmundo Festival 2018 (BE)