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