Waiting for The Sun

Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Denmark, 2017

90 min.DK/Documentary

When their father faces the death penalty, two Chinese twin sisters and their little brother are abandoned. No one in the family wants to take care of children with such a shameful background. Instead, they are taken in by Sun Village, an orphanage for children whose parents are imprisoned for serious crimes.
Together with the three newcomers, we follow the children’s lives as their destinies cross paths and they help each other through the hardest time of their lives. Many of the children have only just learnt to tie their shoelaces and now they are forced to grow up fast and learn to take care of themselves. If their parents are finally released, it turns out to be harder than expected to get a normal life going again – although that is the only thing the children are deeply longing for. With great sensitivity and from the children’s perspective, Kaspar Astrup Schröder depicts two years at the orphanage during which a group of children are growing up and gaining a foothold.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title De dømtes børn
Danish title De dømtes børn
Keywords Children, Orphanages, China, Child care, Children placed in care, 2010-2019
Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Director of Photography Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Editor Cathrine Ambus
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Povl Kristian
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Good Company Pictures
International sales Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 670 208 7881 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Danish festival release 19.03.2017, Grand, DOX:BIO 2017
Online release 17.05.2017
Comment The film premiered at CPH:DOX 2017. Kaspar Astrup Schröder's films include The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009) and My Playground (2010), both selected for IDFA. Rent a Family Inc. (2012) was honoured with a Golden Eye Award at Zürich. He is also behind a film about the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, Big Time (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Good Company Pictures
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Good Company Pictures


Direction Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm


Cinematographer Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Editor Cathrine Ambus


Composer Povl Kristian


Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Shanghai International Film Festival 2018-06-16
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2017-12-10
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2017-06-14
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
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