2014 | 1:18:00
Hundreds of Sub-Saharan African migrants live and hide in the
Gourougou Mountains of Northern Morocco, outside of organised
trafficking and smuggling networks.
For most migrants living in Gourougou, their dream is to enter
Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city, a European enclave on the African
continent, located on the Northern coast of Morocco. The two
continents are separated by a barrier built and funded by Spain and
the European Union, which was constructed for the sole purpose of
keeping African migrants out of Europe. The European Union pays
Morocco millions of Euro to control this border and the surrounding
forest areas, and to regulate migration.
"THE LAND BETWEEN" is an intimate, yet explosive portrait of life in
the Gourougou Mountains, and follows the daily lives of migrants as
they dream of jumping the fence to Europe and entering the migrant
camp in Melilla. It also documents the extreme violence and
mistreatment around the border areas by both the Moroccan and Spanish
authorities, which migrants must endure on a daily basis.
With unique and unprecedented access, this film explores many
universal questions, including how and why people are willing to risk
everything, including their life, to leave their country, their family
and friends, in search of a new and better life.