Those Who Jump

Thu 7 July / Town Hall Studio / 12.302016 / Denmark / 82min
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“…a riveting form of home movie where home itself is entirely off limits…” — The Hollywood Reporter

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. Over a thousand hopeful African migrants live on the mountain above, 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.

Official selection: Berlinale 2016

Director Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé
Script Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner
Producers Heidi Elise Christensen, Signe Byrge Sorensen