— OST by Hannes De Maeyer



1. Arab Spring (02:51)
2. Separation (02:17)
3. Apple Mousse (01:07)
4. I Am Yours (00:43)
5. Boat Trip (02:53)
6. Refugee Camp (02:45)
7. Baby’s Theme (00:52)
8. It’s A Boy (01:13)
9. They’ve Send Us Back (01:55)
10. Fate (02:56)
11. Lampedusa (02:04)
12. No Visitors (01:06)
13. Maybe Tomorrow (00:49)
14. Waiting In Despair (01:29)
15. I Am Kimmy Khedira (02:07)
16. All Over The Media (01:31)
17. He Moved Again (02:10)
18. She Said Yes (02:16)
19. Injustice (01:09)
20. New Camp (04:05)
21. Reunited? (00:48)
22. Relief (05:05)
23. Rafaël’s Theme (01:16)


The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser Kimmy, to escape to Europe, but he ends up in Lampedusa, imprisoned as an illegal refugee. Rafaël is a romantic drama about two lovers giving everything they have, just to be reunited for the birth of their son Rafaël. It is a suspenseful story about borders, dreams, perseverance and love-transcending bureaucracy and even prison walls. 


For the music of Rafaël, composer Hannes De Maeyer wrote a moving score and worked with the Budapest Art Orchestra, accompanied by soloist Emile Verstraeten and duduk player Vardan Hovanissian.

Hannes De Maeyer about composing the score for Rafaël:
‘It was very nice to work with Ben, he has a clear vision as a director, but also gives the composer a lot of freedom. We especially opted for a simple, open sound with minimal elements, with different themes as the main theme. Although the different atmospheres are sometimes far apart regarding style, and we switch from minimal soundscapes to happier guitar riffs or fast arpeggios in the violin solo, you still have the feeling that you’re in the same world. In this way the score lingers on in the same world, and I am quite proud of that.’

Director Ben Sombogaart about the collaboration with Hannes De Maeyer: ‘I heard the music from the film Black and hoped that the composer would like to make the music for Rafaël. Hannes wanted the atmospheric soundscapes to have a happy and beautiful resonance, often touching themes. Never intrusive, nor directing or too present. Just as I think film music should be: always subtly supporting the story, the actors' play and the scenes. Beautiful music to listen to, even apart from the film.’