The Last Shelter

Le Dernier Refuge
dir. Ousmane Samassekou/France, Mali, South Africa/2021/85 min.

The Malian city of Gao has for decades been a peaceful haven for African travellers. Here, on the edge of the Sahel desert, lies the House of Migrants, which is the temporary home for thousands of people every year. The hopeful ones, who are on their way to Europe. And those whose luck ran out and who are now on their way back to their hometowns and families. But the atmosphere in the house itself expresses the melancholy of exile through calm and sensual images. All around the city, new and old wars are taking place in the endless desert.


  • projection time:
    85 min.
  • country/year:
    France, Mali, South Africa /2021
  • director:
    Ousmane Samassekou
  • production:
    STEPS, Point du Jour - Les films du balibari, DS Productions, Arte
  • awards :
    CPH:DOX, Copenhagen: Grand Prix

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