Inspired by his own story, a Guinean survivor makes a movie on the risks of irregular migration
November 08, 2019
This screengrab shows the first scene in the film, when the smugglers make the young migrants strip
The short film "The Immigrant" ("L'immigrant" in the French original) is based on the story of its writer and director, Mamadou Baillo Bah, who left Guinea in 2017, bound for Europe. Instead of the opportunities he had hoped for, Bah found himself imprisoned in Libya for several months, where he was tortured. Finally, in early 2018, he was repatriated to Guinea. He says he wants his film to help raise awareness amongst young people about the dangers of this migration route. His message? it is better to go to Europe with the right papers, while another says that it is better to invest in Guinea rather than waste money trying to reach Europe. It’s not all rosy there anyway.
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