Pierre-François Martin-Laval

France 2020, 108 min.


Spoken language: French

Subtitles: Dutch

The true, heart-warming story of chess prodigy Fahim Mohammad. Forced to flee from Bangladesh to France with his father, Fahim is discovered by eccentric chess coach Sylvain (Gérard Depardieu). As Fahim prepares for the French national championships, his father’s future in France hangs in the balance.

Fahim is an 8-year-old chess prodigy from Bangladesh, playing for money on the streets of Dhaka. But then his father has to flee the country, and Fahim goes with him. They hope to get asylum in France. While they wait in uncertainty about their future, Fahim meets chess coach Sylvain, who recognises his talent and takes him under his wings.

‘Chess is not a game,’ Sylvain quotes chess grandmaster Kasparov. ‘No sport is more violent.’ Sylvain prepares Fahim – in very unconventional ways – for the national French chess championships, while the asylum application of Fahim’s father is hanging in the balance. Can the national championships save their future in France? A tale about kindness, the love between a father and his son, and the beauty of chess.



Official website: http://paradiso.be/BENL/movie/652

Dutch distribution:

Paradiso Filmed Entertainment




Talkshows & debates

Fahim: a discussion on leaving and starting over.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 16:00

This program is in Dutch.

Fahim: Introduction with Youth Correspondent Tako Rietveld and Luke Korlaar (UNHCR)

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 18:45

Youth Correspondent Tako Rietveld and Luke Korlaar will give an introduction on the film and the UNHCR-report No Family Torn Apart. 

Fahim: Q&A with Youth Correspondent Tako Rietveld about family reunification.

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 18:45

Q&A with Youth Correspondent Tako Rietveld and two guests about their personal experiences with family reunification. 

Fahim: a follow-up discussion about leaving and starting over.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 14:00

After this moving film we will talk about leaving your home country and start over elsewhere.