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Hotel Sahara

Hotel Sahara
Scene from "Hotel Sahara" (photo © Bettina Haasen)

Viewed from above, the Sahara is oddly gentle; the small sand hills, chains of dunes, dried out wadis and sand ripples all lend the desert their special charm. An unbroken yellow surface that occasionally segues into brownish and sometimes shines blazing yellow, it is impossible to remain unaffected by its beguiling beauty. Africa begins directly behind it – or in front of it, depending on the direction one comes from.

Hotel Sahara is a film journey to the last invisible border from the West-African coast to Europe: Nouadhibou, Mauritania. “Hotel Sahara” is a metaphor, a point of arrival, of departure, of broken dreams. A melting pot. A place of gathering, of right and wrong recitals, of split personalities. It is, above all, a no-man’s land, a place of endless waiting, and endless hoping. In the beginning Nouadhibou looks like any other West African city, but entering the colorful lives of the people who live there, we discover what it means to be on transit, on the road, stuck in a desert city next to the Atlantic Ocean, between hope and despair, between homelessness and the search for a home. „Hotel Sahara“offers a new perspective on the actual situation of migrants attempting a new life in "the North".
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Bettina Haasen
Screenplay Bettina Haasen
Cinematography Jacko Vant\'Hof
Kristine Langner
Karsten Hoefer
Producer Christian Beetz
Production Company gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Runtime 85 min
 French/Bambara/English/ Bamileke/Ibo/Hassaniya
Subtitled Versions German, English, French
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2008, Créteil 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, SCAM, UNESCO, EU Awareness Raising in the Field of Development
German Distributor GMfilms/Berlin

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