Gods of Molenbeek


Director:Reetta Huhtanen

country:Finland, Belgium, Germany

Run time:74'


The media often refers to the Brussels district of Molenbeek as the Jihadi capital of Europe. But for Astos and Anime, two 6-yearold boys, it is just their neighborhood. Together they search for answers to the big questions. Astos envies Amine’s Muslim faith and looks for his own gods, although his classmate Flo questions him; she is convinced that anyone who believes in God is nuts. The threat of the adults’ world suddenly interrupts the children’s play as bombs explode in a metro station nearby. Bedtime stories now evoke images of violence and even friendship is put on trial until an expected twist reshapes their lives for good.