4 Apr 20176:20 pm | Cinema 1 | £7.00 to £11.00
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers, Moritz Siebert.
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 Gurugú, 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 Sidibé from Mali is one of migrants ceaselessly trying to make a successfully 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.
This is a prelude screening for Crossings, an upcoming ICA-led UK-wide season in partnership with the Goethe Institute and made possible with support from the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. It will focus on migration in cinema and launches at the ICA on 1 June 2017. Speaking to one of the highest-profile issues of the current moment, the season will harness cultural, political and media sources to draw together contributors from across these spheres and form a rigorous yet diverse platform for discussion around the complex issue of migration, from both global and localized perspectives. The season will defy alienating categorisations in relation to migration such as ‘us and them’ and ‘me and the other’, which is especially urgent in the current socio-political climate. The aim of the project is to create a change in the way migration has been perceived.
Film Africa: Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs), dir. Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé, Denmark 2016, 80 mins.
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