AfriDocs, Africa’s only free streaming platform for documentary films, is once again bringing some of the best documentaries to TV screens across the continent. With the support of the German Government, AfriDocs will present powerful stories that reflect the difficulties of migration as faced by thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe.
The 2019 edition of Migration Stories is sees six powerful and moving documentaries about the various realities of migration from an African perspective. All six films will be broadcast on TV3 in Ghana on Monday evenings at 22:30 GMT commencing this Monday January 6th 2020.
This diversity of films from Kenya, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Burundi as well as from Europe bring in to stark focus the hardships that drive many Africans to leave their homelands, as well as the stark realities awaiting those who do.
The films are being screened as a way to increase awareness around migration in the communities that are most affected. You can join in the conversation on the AfriDocs social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/ and on twitter @Afri_docs. Use #MigrantStories to add your voice to the conversation.
In addition to the weekly broadcasts on TV3 and on key free-to-air channels in Nigeria and the Horn of Africa, the films are available to stream on Africa’s only FREE streaming platforms for documentary films, AfriDocs Anytime, www.afridocs.net that see all six of the documentaries available anytime for anyone viewing from Africa.
The following films will be screened from MONDAY JANUARY 6th on TV3 GHANA and are also available to stream now on #AfriDocsAnytime
A Walk on the Tightrope | Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer | Germany 2017 | 52min
In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave.
January 6th 22:30 GMT
Espoir Voyage | Michel Zongo | Burkina Faso | 2011 | 80 min
In Espoir Voyage, Burkinabe director Michel Zongo sets off on a personal journey in search of traces of his older brother Joanny. Like many others, Joanny left his village at the age of 14 to go and earn money for his family working on plantations in the Ivory Coast. Nobody had heard from him since he left. Many years later, Joanny’s family received a message saying he had died. How had he lived? Why did he die? Via his brother’s life story, Zongo tells the story of migration within Africa and reflects on its consequences: the solidarity and conflicts between migrant workers and the concern of the families left behind.
January 13th 22:30 GMT
Special Flight | Fernand Melgar | France | 2011 | 52 min
Special Flight is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system. The 25 Frambois inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. The film, made in Switzerland, is a heart-wrenching exposé of the contradictions between the country’s compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.
January 20th 22:30 GMT
Uncertain Future | Eddy Munyaneza | Burundi | 2018 | 70 min
Burundi, April 2015. Demonstrations against Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bring thousands of people to the streets of Bujumbura. A failed coup d’état further plunges the country into repression and violence. Whole families are fleeing the country. Eddy, director, films the demonstrations, then the first executions and the victims. His artistic and social commitment dislocates his family, who decides to leave without him. Faced with the violence that is gaining ground, he is eventually also forced to flee his country. As a refugee in Senegal, far from his family, he begins an internal journey caught in the images and memories of the crisis that shakes Burundi. Nine months later, he goes in search of his children in Rwanda. On both sides of the border, he meets those who stayed in Burundi or chose the path of exile. Their stories, often fragmentary and brutal, show great uncertainty.
January 27th 22:30 GMT
Cinema Dadaab | Kati Juurus | Kenya | 2018 | 58 min
Dadaab is a dreamlike place forgotten by the rest of the world: a huge refugee camp on Kenya’s border to Somalia. The refugees cannot leave, but they let their minds escape by going to the cinema to watch films and to dream of other countries
February 3rd 22:30 GMT