In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Thousands of hopeful African migrants attempt to jump the fence separating Morocco and Spain each year. The migrants need to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugu, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.
Abou Bakar Sidibe from Mali is one of the migrants ceaselessly trying to make a successful jump for over a year. When he is given a camera, he becomes not only the protagonist in front of the camera but the person behind it. Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation, but after 16 months on the mountain Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.
Part of Crossings: Stories of Migration, an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding,
in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University.
Running Time: 1hr 20mins
BBFC Advice: TBC
Director(s): Abou Bakar Sidbé, Estephan Wagner & Moritz Siebert
Country of Origin: Denmark
Year of release: 2016
Language(s): In French and Bambara with English subtitles
This screening will be followed by a live Skype Q&A with one of the filmmakers, Moritz Siebert.