Paul has made his way from his home in Cameroon across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he now lives in a forest waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is filming along Europe's borders. Soon afterwards, Paul manages to cross over to Spain on a rubber boat. He survives - but half of his companions die on this tragic 50 hour odyssey. Held for two months in a deportation centre, upon his release Paul meets Jakob again at a shelter for migrants in Southern Spain. When Paul decides to continue on to Germany, Jakob has to make a choice: will he become an active part of Paul's pursuit of a better life or remain a detached documentary filmmaker?
Winner of Gerd Ruge Stipendium 2011 Best Pitch of NPP 2012 Haghefilm International Prize of NPP Work-in-Progress 2013 shortlisted for German Film Award, Best Documentary
Festivals among others: Max Ophüls Preis 2017 - Worldpremiere "Documentary Competition" IFF Rotterdamm 2017 - International Premiere "Bright Future" 3rd place Audience Award Bergamo Film Meeting, Italy - Winner "Best Documentary" Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award Kirchliches Filmfestival Recklinghausen, Germany DocuDays UA Int. Human Rights FF, Ukraine LOLA@BERLINALE 2018 Kino Festival NYC – Festival of German Films Visions du Réel industry, Media Library 8th iREP Lagos Nigeria 5th KOUDOUGOU Doc 2018
Cast and Crew
Director Jakob Preuss
Producer Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann
Director of Photography Juan Sarmiento G.
Editor Franziska von Berlepsch, Karoline Vielemeyer