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“I exist because I film” – Abou Bakar Sidibé
A refugee from Mali trying to scale the guarded walls around the Spanish enclave of Melilla is given a camera to record his story in this seminal film on the complexities of modern migration. After 14 months living in the foothills near the border, Abou Bakar Sidibé starts filming, capturing the heartbreak, humour and boredom of camp life as he and hundreds of other refugees await the next futile, and often dangerous, ‘jump’. His footage humanises an increasingly common story, acting as a mouthpiece for African migrants living on the fringes of existence and on the sidelines of a Europe in lock-down.
Abou Bakar Sidibé, born in Kidal, Mali, has a University degree in English and has worked as a teacher, mobile phone seller, construction worker and a cash carrier between Western Union offices in the Moroccan village and people on Mount Gurugú. Les Sauteurs is Abou’s first film.
Les Sauteurs is Estephan Wagner’s feature debut, after working as a documentary director for over a decade. He always approaches his themes from the point of view of his protagonists. Both as editor and director, Estephan has won several awards on the international festivals circuit.
Moritz Siebert has worked on migration for the last 15 years and was originally trained as a medical doctor and an anthropologist. He studied documentary filmmaking together with Estephan Wagner at the National Film and Television School in the UK.