Les sauteurs / Whose who jump (The Netherlands / Denmark) by Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé – 2016, 82′

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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. 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”.
Les Sauteurs, ultimately a film about making a film, is Abou’s portrayal of the human struggle for dignity and freedom on one of the World’s most militarized frontiers.

Sono centinaia, la maggior parte della regione sub-sahariana, in un campo di fortuna auto-gestito in un bosco marocchino in attesa di «saltare» in Spagna. Per raggiungere Melilla e il sogno di una vita migliore in Europa devono oltrepassare un muro di confine di alta sicurezza, saltare rischiando la morte, o bloccati, o respinti con violenza dalla polizia spagnola. Un film d’immersione nel quotidiano della realtà degli africani migranti del Monte Gurugu, catturata da Abou Bakar Sidibé, uno di loro.

Ils sont plusieurs centaines, la plupart de la région sub-saharienne, autogérant un camp de fortune dans un bois marocain en attente de pouvoir passer en Espagne. Melilla semble si proche, mais il faut pouvoir escalader trois hautes rangées de barrières et sauter au risque de sa vie, sans se faire attraper ou refluer par la police espagnole.
La réalité des migrants africains du Mont Gurugu, captée par l’un d’entre eux, dans un film documentaire d’immersion au ton brut et sincère.

Biography of directors

Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé

Moritz Siebert is a German physician and anthropologist who has been working on the issue of migration for over 15 years. He studied documentary film at the National Film Television School in the UK. Among his films: Blue Elephant in 2010, Harvest Hand in 2013.
Born in Chile, Estephan Wagner works as documentary film director for over ten years. In his films he seeks to adopt the views of his protagonists as in Worlds Vanishing in 2011 or Last Dreams in 2013. He has won numerous awards as director but also as film editor.
Abu Bakar Sidibé was born in Mali. After graduating in English, she worked as a teacher, but also as a telephone vendor and construction worker.
Les Sauteurs was selected at Forum in Berlinale Film Festival in 2016.

Moritz Siebert è un medico e antropologo tedesco che lavora sul tema della migrazione da oltre 15 anni. Ha studiato cinema documentario presso il National Film Television School nel Regno Unito. Tra i suoi film: Blue Elephant nel 2010, Harvest Hand nel 2013.
Nato in Cile, Estephan Wagner è documentarista da oltre dieci anni. Nei suoi film cerca di adottare il punto di vista dei suoi protagonisti come in Worlds Vanishing nel 2011 o Last Dreams nel 2013. Ha vinto numerosi premi come regista, ma anche come montatore.
Abu Bakar Sidibé è nato in Mali. Dopo aver conseguito una laurea in lingua inglese, ha lavorato come insegnante, ma anche come un venditore di telefoni e operaio edile.
Les Sauteurs è stato selezionato nel Forum del Festival di Berlino nel 2016.

Moritz Siebert est un médecin et anthropologiste allemand qui travaille sur le thème des migrations depuis plus 15 ans. Il a étudié la réalisation de documentaires à la National Film Television School au Royaume Uni. Parmi ses films: Blue Elephant en 2010, Harvest Hand en 2013.
Né au Chili, Estephan Wagner est documentariste depuis plus de dix ans. Il s’efforce d’adopter le point de vue de ses protagonistes. Parmi ses films:Vanishing Worlds en 2011 ou encore Last Dreams en 2013. Il a remporté de nombreux prix en festivals en tant que réalisateur mais également en tant que monteur.
Abou Bakar Sidibé est né au Mali. Après avoir obtenu une Licence en Anglais, il travaille en tant que professeur, mais également comme vendeur de téléphones, ouvrier de chantier, ou encore transporteur de fonds.
Les Sauteurs a été sélectionné dans le cadre du Forum du Festival de Berlin en 2016.