37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


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Deep in the Sahara desert, Léonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman, as they both try to get to Europe. Demonstrating sensitive interest in Africa’s social inequalities, French director Boris Lojkine’s first narrative feature portrays the world of sub-Saharan migrants from the inside. Amid unrelenting hardship and violence, the clandestine trip takes place through underground, hostile communities that span several stepping-stone cities along the way. In a fiercely harsh world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, Léonard and Hope develop a tender alliance and begin to love each other.

Supported by the UVA Department of French and the UVA European Studies Program


Friday, November 4


4:15 PM


Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B

Film Info

Director: Boris Lojkine

Runtime: 91 min.

Year: 2014

Country: France

Featuring: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang