Streaming: Those Who Jump
September 8–14, 2020
A tiny piece of Europe on the African continent holds a strong pull for African refugees. Morocco shares a border with Melilla, one of two Spanish coastal cities in northern Africa. On Mount Gurugu, which looks down on the city, hundreds of refugees, primarily from sub-Saharan Africa, live in a temporary camp as they repeatedly attempt to cross into Europe. Tantalizingly close, the border is entirely circumscribed by a series of fences watched over by border police and surveillance cameras. Filmmakers Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner gave a camera to one of the refugees, Malian Abou Bakar Sidibé, and invited him to document daily life in the camp. His personal footage—of police raids, discussions of camp politics, a soccer rivalry, searching for food, a performance of an autobiographical rap song—creates what Variety critic Jay Weissberg called “one of the most authentic films on this highly charged topic.” Sidibé himself says, “I feel I exist when I film.”
Daphne Matziaraki, Greece, 2019
A portrait of Syrian boys, unaccompanied by their parents, living in a camp for immigrants on the Greek island of Samos.
Daphne Matziaraki, United States, 2016
This bonus short film follows the Greek Coast Guard for one day as they rescue refugees off the island of Lesbos.