Thiaroye, Senegal was once a peaceful fishing village. But now, itís a prime location from which illegal boats to Europe departure. Most fishermen want to leave, as there isnít even enough fish left to feed the families.
Modou is thirty and has twice attempted the perilous journey to Europe. Each time, he nearly lost his life but he's determined to try his luck again. And the next generation is ready to follow.
Talla, Modouís cousin is an English teacher who has chosen to stay in Senegal to work for the development of his country. He tries to make his students aware of the dangers of crossing and the importance of staying in Senegal, despite the fact that most of them have lost all hope in the future of the country.
Best Documentary and Best Human Rights Film, United Nations Refugee Commission of Belgium
Best Film, Corsicadoc Documentary Film Festival
Best Film, Millenium Film Festival Brussels
Best Documentary, Paris Afro-Caribbean Film Festival
Louis Marcorelles Award, Cinéma du réel Film Festival
Youth Award, Geneva Human Rights International Film Festival
Official Selection, Madrid Film Festival
Official Selection, Sheffield Film Festival
Official Selection, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, The Museum of Modern Art