Stories That Matter 2018 | Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs)


Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs)

Dir. Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner | 82min | 2016 | NC16

Young Mailian Abou Bakar Sidibé plays both director and protagonist in this bold and perceptive documentary about the numerous African migrants who hope to enter Europe by scaling the fenced border between Morocco and Melilla, a Spanish city located in Africa.

Abou was given a camera by directors Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagne to document his experience over 18 months as he camped in dismal conditions on a mountain overlooking the border, waiting for an opportunity to cross. Once every few weeks, the men stage a terrifying attempt to climb over the heavily fortified border, a violent event captured on grainy surveillance footage that reduce the men to thermal dots onscreen. As he gains confidence with the camera, Abou’s individuality begins to assert itself – the process of filming becomes a form of self-expression that also reveals the stories, hopes and dreams of his compatriots.

· Won – Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

· Won – Camden International Film Festival 2016, Documentary Feature – Special Mention

Screened with:

Solidarity, Not Charity

Dir. Manca Juvan | 6:23min | PG

In the midst of Europe’s migration crisis, a group of Slovenians go beyond the call of duty to themselves to volunteer to elevate the plight of refugees.



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What are the borders that define, divide and restrict communities around the world, and how do we overcome them? Objectifs presents strong statements through the lens of film and photography that confront the impact of geographical, social, and psychological borders on critical issues affecting all of us today, and looks at possibilities for collaboration and change.

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About the filmmakers

Moritz Siebert has worked on migration for the last 15 years and was originally trained as a medical doctor and an anthropologist. He studied documentary filmmaking together with Estephan Wagner at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

Estephan Wagner
has worked as a documentary director for over a decade, always approaching his themes from the point of view of his protagonists. He has won several awards on the international festivals circuit as an editor and director. Les Sauteurs is his feature debut.

Abou Bakar Sidibé, born in Kidal, Mali, has a University degree in English and has worked as a teacher, a cell phones seller, a construction worker and a cash carrier between Western Union offices in the Moroccan village and people on Mount Gurugú. Les Sauteurs is Abou's first film.

Manca Juvan is a freelance photographer. Juvan's recent long term photography book project, Guardians of the Spoon, which focuses on preserving the memory of Italian Fascist Concentration camps, won an award at the 32nd Slovenian bookfair in 2016 for Best Design among monographic and bibliographic books, and was a winner of the 2017 International PhotoBook Award in Los Angeles. Her other long term project Unordinary Lives documents the consequences of the Afghanistan war through the stories of ordinary Afghans and was published as a book in 2010.


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Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs) by Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner

Tue Mar 20, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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