Demain est si loin


  • Muriel Cravatte

  • 2019
    • France
  • 88 min
  • Colour
  • PRODUCTION
  • Explicit Films/La Compagnie du Garage

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2018, the French-Italian border. Each day, refugees attempt to enter France on foot, making their way through dangerous mountains to avoid being tracked down by the police.
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PRINT SOURCE: Muriel Cravatte, muriel.cravatte@gmail.com

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At the French-Italian border, near Briançon, refugees trying to enter France are turned back by the authorities despite the laws on asylum and human rights. The valley where the police give chase to the refugees – like real manhunts – is of a majestic, timeless beauty. It is a place I have known since my childhood. My realisation that this corner of paradise could be a living hell for the refugees trying to cross the border was like an electroshock. I had to go and see for myself. As a citizen, as a true woman of the mountains. After a first stay as a volunteer with Refuge Solidaire in Briançon, I felt the need to film. I wanted to bear witness

to what was happening “here and now”….I show how the refugees’ arrival in France is the continuation of a journey during which their dignity and humanity are constantly violated….I recount how a parallel organisation – magnificent and fragile – has been set up in solidarity.

In 2018, the year I made the film, the valley was full of events: arrivals of a great many refugees, several deaths in the mountains, legal actions against supporters. The Briançon area resonates like a mirror of our society, where humanity is on the citizens’ side, while repression and the denial of rights emanate from the state’s representatives. This circumscribed area reflects what is happening more widely on a national or European scale. [...]

– Muriel Cravatte

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