The Last Shelter’. Image Supplied

Migration Documentary, The Last Shelter, Wins Encounter Award

Generation Africa is a documentary film project aiming to bring a new narrative on migration from a young, African perspective. The creators behind the project have successfully managed to grow their audience and capture the hearts of many and are now being recognized for it thanks to their film “The Last Shelter”.

“The Last Shelter”, directed by Malian extraordinaire, Ousmane Samessekou, travels to the House of Migrants set in the Malian city of Goa. Watch the trailer below.

The film has recently won the Best South African/African feature Award at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. 

The jury citation commended the film’s observational style and successfully casting a lens on world issues: “We were moved by The Last Shelter, which gave us full access to the House of Migrants, in the Malian city of Gao, a haven for African travelers. Ousmane Samassékou’s great access to the two young protagonists, the intimacy of the observational style filming against the vast melancholy landscape of the desert made this a favorite with the programming team. The Last Shelter was successful in achieving the purpose of the documentary; to cast a lens on world issues through the experiences of its subjects. “

Speaking on the importance of the award, director Samassékou said, “It was through a workshop organized by Steps in Burkina Faso that I learned about the migrant’s home and decided to make it the subject of my film.

“Secondly, this is the first award that the film has received in Africa and I am very happy that it happened in South Africa,”

The film will also be heading to the Durban International Film Festival later this month where viewers will be able to watch online from July 22 to August 1.

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