a film by Bettina Haasen


Germany | 2008 | 85:00 min

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52min or 85 min Hassaniya/French/English/Igbo version with English, French or German subtiltes available
A dead-straight, endless road leading to nowhere. And at the end of the road: Nouadhibou, a town in the West African country Mauritania, bordered by the ocean on one side and the Sahara Desert on the other. A bleak and inhospitable departure point for the tens of thousands of people that pour in from neighboring countries, all with only one dream in mind: Europe.
Hotel Sahara is a film journey to the last invisible border from the West-African coast to Europe. This place is a metaphor, a point of arrival, of departure, of broken dreams — of waiting for that better life on the far side of the Atlantic. It is above all, a no-man’s land, a place of endless waiting, and endless hoping. The film reveals how difficult it is to differentiate between "true" and "false" refugees.
Is one "real" only when threatened life and limb? What if one simply desires to escape a deadening lack of perspective? With an observant and cautious eye, Hotel Sahara documents how closely the dream of a better life is linked to sudden stagnancy, and how much patience is required to wait for years to finally, perhaps, arrive somewhere.

Hassaniya/French/English/Igbo version with English, French or German subtiltes available

DOK Leipzig, Nyon, Warsaw, Jihlava, Copenhagen
Cast and Crew
  • Director Bettina Haasen
  • Director of Photography Jacko van t Hof
  • Editor Kristine Langer
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Gebrüder Beetz Media GmbH
Heinrich Roller Strasse 15, 10405 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 69566910

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