Play4Calais presents: Those Who Jump

Director: Abou Bakar Sidibe, Moritz Siebert. 2016. Denmark. 82min.

This screening of Those Who Jump will be presented by PLAY 4 CALAIS.

PLAY 4 CALAIS started as a grassroots initiative to provide pop-up cinema, safe play, arts and sports to the children, teenagers and adult refugees living in the Calais "Jungle". As their needs changed and refugees were relocated, so they adapted to become PLAY 4 CALAIS & BEYOND. Their motto is "be a light in the dark" which is both literally and figuratively what they are, as they continue to provide a humanitarian response to this humanitarian crisis.

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence. At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return. Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.

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