Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump)

Plot

In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, waiting and watching the fence 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. Secretly shot with a handheld camera, this film explores the refugee crisis from a first-person perspective.

For over a year, Abou has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence but to no avail. 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 build up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.

Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. But after sixteen 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.

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