YEAR: 2011 / DURATION : 80 or 58 MINS / DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRE DEREIMS / PRODUCER: MAHA PRODUCTIONS and PREMIERE NOUVELLE
VERSIONs AVAILABLE: ENGlish, FRench
Selected for IDFA 2011, FIPA 2012, Vera Film Festival 2012, FIGRA 2012 (won the Youth Jury Prize) and Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival.
Previous broadcasts include France 5, SIC, Pramer, Media Contents Store, Art Media, DR, Planete Poland, SVT, DRS, Mac TV, Medi1Sat, Press TV, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, Red Pix and Hispan TV
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Africans risk their lives trying to get into Europe. This is their story.
We follow a convoy of young migrants. First came the hopes and idealism of the journey’s start. They were going to be the lucky ones who overcome all the odds to build a new life in Europe. Next came the growing comprehension of just what they had undertaken. The loss of their money in bribes to corrupt officials. The dried-out bodies of other migrants in the desert - a constant reminder of what would happen to them if they ran out of water.
Then came the hell of Libya’s internment camps. The squalid conditions and beatings. And finally, the bitter knowledge that they are simply pawns, to be used and abused by every authority they encounter. And the sickening realisation that they have lost the biggest gamble of their lives.