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ARTE THEME: Last Refuge – The House at the Gate to the Sahara

Prize-winner 2023

Author:Ousmane Samassékou
Editorial:Philippe Muller
Production: Estelle Robin You (Point du Jour – Les films du balibari)
Co-Production: Don Edkins (STEPS), Andrey S Diarra (DS Productions)
Documentation, ARTE G.E.I.E

At the “Migrant’s House” in the Malian city of Gao, Africans on their way to elsewhere on the continent or to Europe meet others who have already tried in vain and been sent back. At the migration center, they are cared for – and warned of the risks of the potentially fatal journey. Nevertheless, some stick to their plan. Esther and Kady, teenagers from Burkina Faso, make friends here with Natacha, who has already given up all hope of ever being reunited with her family.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
“A masterpiece about people on the road, on the southern edge of the Sahara, about their dreams and traumas. Some are still full of hope for a happier life in Europe or elsewhere, others are stranded and on their way back home. The documentary tells of the fortunes of these migrants, empathetically but never obtrusively, close but never encroaching. A documentary, haunting like few others.

flight    migration   

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