High in the French Alps, on the border between Italy and France, migrants fleeing war, political persecution and poverty risk their lives in the hope of a better life crossing dangerous mountain routes. Witnessing the migrants' suffering and dismay, the local population of the Roya Valley provides them with shelter, food and legal counselling. Nonetheless, in France, the transporting or hosting of undocumented migrants is a criminal offense, and the population has soon found itself on the wrong side of the law, but with the support of lawyers they discovered that the local authorities were in fact violating their own laws. Nuno Escudeiro documents the personal stories of common women and men who are struggling to keep a sense of morality and who have become engaged in reshaping their own nation's laws by engaging in civil disobedience.
Language: French, English, Arabic
Nuno Escudeiro (1986, Tomar, Portugal) studied Media Studies in the University of Aveiro and Documentary FIlm Directing in Zelig, School for Documentary in Bolzano, Italy. His first feature Moon Europa (2016) was screened in dok.fest munich 2017 and indielisboa 2017. His second feature The Valley (2019), a french-italian co-production by Miramonte Films and Point-du-jour has been awarded the “Emerging International filmmaker” award upon its premiere at HotDocs Toronto and was screened afterwards at BFI London Film Festival.
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