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Karim Sayad
Switzerland
2023
77 min
World Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

Agadez in Niger has long been the starting point for people smugglers moving migrants through the desert to Libya. Under pressure from Europe, the Niger government has been trying to combat people smuggling, but the local economy offers few alternatives. Those who give up smuggling usually end up in gold mining. But it’s hard and dangerous work, and only a few make their fortunes.

Former people smuggler Ibrahim now transports supplies to gold miners in the desert. He and his son Abdousalam carry the bags of pulverized stone back with them in their Toyota pickup. They know the desert and how to endure its extreme conditions, but they wouldn’t consider mining themselves. “As soon as you strike gold, it changes you. You’re not friends anymore and it’s every man for himself.”

Meanwhile the smuggling continues, and Karim Sayad’s camera also follows a truck full of refugees. But he films the beauty of the desert as well, and the resilience of its inhabitants. Like the bean plant nurtured by one of the miners, they manage to survive in this harsh and hostile environment.

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Credits
77 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Tamasheq, Hausa
Director
    Karim Sayad
    Karim Sayad
Production
    Joëlle Bertossa for Close Up Films
    Joëlle Bertossa for Close Up Films
Cinematography
    Patrick Tresch
    Patrick Tresch
Editing
    Felix Sandri,
    Naima Bachiri
    Felix Sandri,
    Naima Bachiri
Sound
    Igor Marlot
    Igor Marlot
Sound Design
    Vuk Vukmanovic
    Vuk Vukmanovic
Screenplay
    Karim Sayad
    Karim Sayad
World Sales
    Filmotor
    Filmotor
Screening copy
    Close Up Films
    Close Up Films

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