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Short Film: "Thin Ice"

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Following the wave of terrorism that has occurred in Europe recently, there exists a heightened level of fear for potential terrorist attacks in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, this often results in prejudicial discrimination against Muslims.

Senior Fellow Tamar Guttmann wanted to make a film in which the viewer experiences the fear, but then catches him/herself on their own discriminatory prejudices.

The film addressed the islamophobia, the discrimination and prejudices against Muslims, which has come to existence as a result of the way the perpetrators have been shown and positioned by the Western media over the last years.

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Both Rink and the viewer catch themselves in their own prejudicial discrimination.

The Dutch film takes place at an ice rink where employee Rink is quietly overseeing the visitors ice skating. Suddenly, he notices a “suspicious looking” guy sitting on a bench. The guy is covered up and fumbles with his black backpack. Rink experiences a sudden shock and his imagination runs riot while he envisions the worst possible situation. He decides to evacuate the ice rink, stressfully requesting everyone to leave as quickly as possible. Viewers of the film follow Rink in his thought processes and think that what is happening is reality. Both Rink and the viewer catch themselves in their own prejudicial discrimination. However, in the end, the viewer finds out everything only took place in his imagination.