Docs Ireland: The Last Shelter

BBFC RatingDocs Ireland: The Last Shelter

CertificateNot Rated
DirectorOusmane Samassekou
WritersOusmane Samassekou
Language French, More, English, Bambara
CountryFrance, Mali, South Africa
Running Time1HR 25MINS
Extra InfoRec 12A
SeasonDocs Ireland 2022

The House of Migrants in Gao, Mali, is a refuge at the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It welcomes those in transit towards Algeria in the north, or on their way back after a failed attempt to make it to Europe.

When Esther and Kady, two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, arrive to regain the strength to continue their journey, they form a friendship with Natacha, a migrant woman in her forties whose memory fainted over the years, along with her hopes of regaining her home. The trio finds a semblance of family life, sharing moments of joy, hope and tenderness. But the girls can’t shake the dream of a future abroad, even when their journey collides with the ones who came back, burdened by failure and trauma.

The house, like a rampart made of fragile walls, can hardly resist the call of the desert, its distant murmur whispering stories of dreams and nightmares.

2nd July 2022 | 8:45pm