Silverbird TV, AfriDocs present ‘Migration Stories’

by Yinka Akanbi

In a bid to increase awareness around migration in communities that are most affected, AfriDocs is set to begin the screening of ‘Migration Stories’ – five powerful and moving documentaries about the various realities of migration from an African perspective.

Supported by the German government, AfriDocs, a free streaming platform for documentary films, will present stories that reflect the difficulties of migration as faced by thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe.

The diverse films from Kenya, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Burundi as well as from Europe will help bring to focus the hardships that drive many Africans to leave their homelands, as well as the stark realities awaiting those who do.

The documentaries will be screened on Nigeria’s Silverbird TV in partnership with AfriDocs from Sunday March 22 – 24, 2020.

The following are available to stream on AfriDocs and will be screened on Silverbird TV:

Uncertain Future | Eddy Munyaneza | Burundi | 2018 | Sunday 22nd 8.30am

Burundi, April 2015. Demonstrations against Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bring thousands of people to the streets of Bujumbura. A failed coup d’état further plunges the country into repression and violence. Whole families are fleeing the country.

A Walk on the Tightrope | Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer | Germany 2017 | 52min | Sunday 22nd March 12pm

In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave.

Cinema Dadaab | Kati Juurus | Kenya | 2018 | Monday 23rd March 11am

Dadaab is a dreamlike place forgotten by the rest of the world: a huge refugee camp on Kenya’s border to Somalia. The refugees cannot leave, but they let their minds escape by going to the cinema to watch films and to dream of other countries.

Special Flight | Fernand Melgar | France | 2011 | Tuesday 24th March 11am

Special Flight is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system.

Espoir Voyage | Michel Zongo | Burkina Faso | 2011 | Tuesday 24th March 2pm

In Espoir Voyage, Burkinabe director Michel Zongo sets off on a personal journey in search of traces of his older brother Joanny. Like many others, Joanny left his village at the age of 14 to go and earn money for his family working on plantations in the Ivory Coast. Nobody had heard from him since he left. Many years later, Joanny’s family received a message saying he had died. How had he lived? Why did he die?

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