Discussions of the Asian diaspora have become commonplace in Metro Vancouver, usually not without a nod to the Jewish diaspora. Yet one of the most widespread and arguably most complex diasporic communities in our midst is rarely acknowledged. The African diaspora traces migratory paths both coerced and voluntary. Examined, it reveals much about the structural forces behind our individual and collective stories of movement and displacement.
Les Sauteurs is a fascinating insider's look into Mount Gurugu, an informal camp on the Spain-Moroccan border where over a thousand hopeful African migrants live, waiting for a chance to jump the fence that marks the distance between Europe and Africa, hope and despair...
By the producers of Academy Award Nominees
THE LOOK OF SILENCE and THE ACT OF KILLING
Screening followed by panel discussion.
Featuring spoken word performances by local artists.
Presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society in partnership with City of Richmond, SFU's David Lam Centre, KPU's Asian Studies Department and Centre A.
// LES SAUTEURS (THOSE WHO JUMP)
Denmark | 2016 | 80min | French, Bambara w. English Subtitles
Directors: Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé
In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence.
At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.
// ABOUT DOCUASIA FORUM
Where is ‘Asia’? Where is ‘East’?
What does it mean to be Asian in this globalized era where so many of us carry diasporic identities? In today’s world, is ‘Asian’ a geographic marker, a racial marker, an ethnic marker, a political marker, a cultural marker, or some slippery combination of all of the above? And where exactly is Asia anyway?
Cinevolution's DocuAsia Forum returns to Metro Vancouver in March 2018 with a series of lyrical, provocative documentary films. By bringing together filmmakers, artists, academics, community representatives, and the general public, DocuAsia provides a platform for informed dialogue concerning the current cultural and economic development in Asia, and global implications for the future.