Following the death of his father, the young Malian Mohamed Sali Sanougo Keita was chosen to become the family’s provider. The cows were sold for 1500 Euros to finance his journey to Europe. Shot over a period of three years, the film follows his journey from Gao in Northern Mali, through Algeria to Morocco, from where he wants to get into Europe via Melilla. It is a journey interrupted by extended stop-overs during which he tries to earn money to sustain himself and to pay for his passage to Europe. In Algeria near the Moroccan border Mohamed meets Jerry Rocky Salomon from Cameroon, who also wants to get to Europe to pursue a career in music. Following the rhythm of movement and stagnation, the film oscillates between observation and longer interview sequences, giving its protagonists the opportunity to explain the practical details of migrant life and to talk about their fears and hopes.
Germany 2011, colour, 92mins. With English subtitles.
Directed by Miriam Faßbender. With Mohamed Sali Sanougo Keita and Jerry Rocky Salomon
Followed by a Q & A with the director Miriam Faßbender.