The Wait

Emil Langballe, Denmark, 2016

58 min.DK/Documentary

Rokhsar Sediqi, 14, lives in Denmark with her mother, father and five siblings. In her spare time she plays on the local football team. Around five years ago Rokhsar and her family fled from Afghanistan, and after six months on the run they ended up in Denmark and applied for asylum. But the Danish Immigration Service is not convinced they are persecuted by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the family has repeatedly been refused asylum. They are now waiting for the final decision, but the wait has changed Rokhsar forever.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Mon de kommer om natten?
Danish title Mon de kommer om natten?
Keywords Refugees, Asylum applicants, Identity
Director Emil Langballe
Co-director Andrea Storm Henriksen
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Emil Langballe, Andrea Storm Henriksen
Editor Michael Aaglund, Peter Winther
Sound Rasmus Winther
Production country Denmark
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 24.02.2017
Comment The Wait made its debut at IDFA 2016. Emil Langballe’s graduation film Beach Boy (2013) from UK’s National Film and Television School was honoured at such film festivals as Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki, Tampere and Toronto’s Hot Docs. Langballe has previously directed Josephine’s Farm (2015), a television series for children.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Made in Copenhagen
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Emil Langballe
Co-director Andrea Storm Henriksen


Producer Helle Faber
Production manager Luna Jansen


Cinematographer Emil Langballe
Cinematographer Andrea Storm Henriksen


Editor Michael Aaglund
Editor Peter Winther


Music Uno Helmersson


Sound designer Rasmus Winther

Visual effects

Graphic design Rasmus Lange

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Professional Jury's 1st Prize for best Documentary 2017 Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017
Youth Jury's Award for Best Feature Documentary 2017 Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017
Chrildren's Jury for Best Documentary 2017 Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017
Friedrich Ebert Foundation Award 2017 Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2017

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017-11-01
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017-10-27
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2017-10-05
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2017-03-29
Malmö, BUFF 2017-03-20
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017-03-07
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2017-03-06
Amsterdam, IDFA 2016-11-16
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