Barcelona or Die

Directed by Idrissa Guiro

52 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2008

Thiaroye, Senegal was once a peaceful fishing village. But now, it's a prime location from which illegal boats to Europe depart. Most fishermen want to leave, as there isn't 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, Modou's 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.

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  • Best Documentary and Best Human Rights Film, United Nations Refugee Commission of Belgium 2008
  • Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Louis Marcorelles Award, Cinema du reel Film Festival 2008
  • Best Documentary, Paris Afro-Caribbean Film Festival 2008
  • Youth Award, Geneva Human Rights International Film Festival 2008


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