Gods of Molenbeek

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Gods of Molenbeek (Aatos ja Amine)

Directed by Reetta Huhtanen

  • Finland, Belgium, Germany 2019; 72 min
  • Original version: Arabic, Finnish, French, Spanish
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Church Media Foundation Prize, Special Prize in the National Competition (Over 30 min) - Tampere FF


The district of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels has become world-famous as a center of jihadism, but for six-year-old Aatos and his friend Amine, it is a familiar home. Here, they listen to spiders, discover black holes, and fight about what is going to steer a flying carpet. Together they search for the answers to life’s big questions. But the brutality of the adult world makes itself known when terrorists detonate a bomb in the neighborhood. 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. Gods of Molenbeek is a wonderful portrayal of childhood friendship, inquiry and the creation of meaning in a chaotic time.




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