Those Who Jump
På Marokkos kyststrækning ud mod Middelhavet ligger Melilla. På bjerget oven for den spanske enklave lever tusindvis af håbefulde afrikanske migranter med en drøm om en dag at forcere hegnet ind til Europa. Abou fra Mali er en af dem. Han er hovedperson i filmen og har selv ført kameraet i de 16 måneder, filmen følger ham, mens han sammen med tusindvis af andre migranter samme sted forsøger at forcere det stærkt bevogtede hegn ind til Melilla.
In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the land border, a fence system separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them - the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly persisted in attempting to jump the fence.
At the fence, they have 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 from the fence.
Looking through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is brought close to a tragic accident at the fence. 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.
Les Sauteurs, ultimately a film about making a film, is Abou's portrayal of the human struggle for dignity and freedom on one of the World's most militarized frontiers.
"A masterpiece of empathy and moral imagination."
- Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence
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Specielt om denne udgivelse:
- Audio: Fransk/Bambara DD 5.1
- Undertekster: Dansk, engelsk, tysk, fransk, spansk, slovensk
- TV-version af Les Sauteurs (54 min)
- Interview med Abou Bakar Sidibé (9 min)
- Awards & Festivals Overview