Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today - "Hope"

Sponsored by the UVA Department of French and the UVA Program in European Studies. With special thanks to the International Rescue Committee (Charlottesville)
Friday, November 4, 2016 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM
(Film curated by Nora Philippe)

Hope, Boris Lojkine (2015), France, 86 min.

Friday, November 4, 2016
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Mall
Violet Crown Cinema - B
200 West Main St,
Charlottesville, VA

Fiction, Drama. French production.
Filmed in: Morocco.
Languages: French, English, Arabic, Lingala, Wolof, and more, with English subtitles.

In Hope, his first fiction film, the documentary film maker Boris Lojkine retraces the itinerary of a Nigerian woman and a Cameroonian man en route to Europe. A unique love story told against the background of the “ghettos.” the clandestine camps through which migrants transit.

Deep in the Sahara desert, as they try to get to Europe, Léonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other.

Hope premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (Semaine de la Critique, SACD award) and was theatrically released in France in 2015, after having been widely shown around the world, and specifically on the African continent. The two leading actors won awards at Tübingen Festival. Lojkine had directed award-winning documentaries about Vietnam before shooting this first feature film. For Hope, he exclusively worked with non-professional actors whom he cast for several months in Rabat among the migrants, while finishing the script. Shot in Morocco and in a dozen languages, Hope describes the underground world of migration from the inside, the business it relies on, and the extreme gender-based violence. “Boris Lojkine filmed Sub-Saharan migration in a way that has never been shown before. A complete shock.” (Le Point)

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