Director: Boris Lojkine Country: France Year: 2014 Running time: 91 mins. Colour: Colour Language: French/English/Arabic with English subtitles
On the back of a truck deep in the Sahara desert, a young Nigerian woman and a Cameroonian man attempt a desperate journey to Europe. When title character Hope is singled out by the mostly male fellow travellers – despite her masculine disguise – she’s taken into the desert and raped by a group of soldiers. Only Leonard feels sympathy, and the two form an unlikely bond. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, they try to find their way together, and to find love amidst the chaos. Director Lojkine’s documentarian eye for detail, striking cinematography and impressive performances from the non-professional leads combine to make this ever more pertinent experience come to life on-screen.
Following the screening, a panel of activists and commentators will explore the complexities of modern day migration which has seen an increasing number of people leaving conflict, human rights abuses and economic instability, to seek refuge or better lives in Europe.
This film is eligible for the AUF Audience Award