AfriDocs, Africa’s only free streaming platform for documentary films, is once again bringing some of the best documentaries to TV screens across the continent. The 2019- 2020 edition of Migration Stories is sees five powerful and moving documentaries about the various realities of migration from an African perspective.

With the support of the German Government, AfriDocs will once again present powerful stories that reflect the difficulties of migration as faced by thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe. The films are being screened in order to increase awareness around migration in the communities that are most affected.

This diversity of films from Kenya, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Burundi as well as from Europe bring in to stark focus the hardships that drive many Africans to leave their homelands, as well as the stark realities awaiting those who do.

Five of these powerful documentaries will be screened in the upcoming week on Nigeria’s Silverbird TV in partnership with AfriDocs.  From Sunday March 22nd through until Tuesday March 24th

The films are also available to stream on Africa’s only FREE streaming platforms for documentary films, AfriDocs Anytime, www.afridocs.net that will stream all six of the documentaries anytime for anyone viewing from Africa.

The following films are available to stream now on #AfriDocsAnytime and will be screened on Silverbird TV as below.

1). Uncertain Future |  Eddy Munyaneza | Burundi | 2018

Burundi, April 2015. Demonstrations against Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bring thousands of people to the streets of Bujumbura. A failed coup d’état further plunges the country into repression and violence. Whole families are fleeing the country. Eddy, director, films the demonstrations, then the first executions and the victims. His artistic and social commitment dislocates his family, who decides to leave without him. Faced with the violence that is gaining ground, he is eventually also forced to flee his country. As a refugee in Senegal, far from his family, he begins an internal journey caught in the images and memories of the crisis that shakes Burundi. Nine months later, he goes in search of his children in Rwanda. On both sides of the border, he meets those who stayed in Burundi or chose the path of exile. Their stories, often fragmentary and brutal, show great uncertainty.

Sunday 22nd 8.30am 

2). A Walk on the Tightrope | Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer | Germany 2017 | 52min
In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave.

Sunday 22nd March 12pm

 3). Cinema Dadaab |  Kati Juurus | Kenya | 2018 
Dadaab is a dreamlike place forgotten by the rest of the world: a huge refugee camp on Kenya’s border to  Somalia. The refugees cannot leave, but they let their  minds escape by going to the cinema to watch films  and to dream of other countries

Monday 23rd March 11am

 4). Special Flight | Fernand Melgar | France | 2011

Special Flight is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system. The 25 Frambois inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. The film, made in Switzerland, is a heart-wrenching exposé of the contradictions between the country’s compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.

Tuesday 24th March 11am

 5). Espoir Voyage | Michel Zongo | Burkina Faso | 2011

In Espoir Voyage, Burkinabe director Michel Zongo sets off on a personal journey in search of traces of his older brother Joanny. Like many others, Joanny left his village at the age of 14 to go and earn money for his family working on plantations in the Ivory Coast. Nobody had heard from him since he left. Many years later, Joanny’s family received a message saying he had died. How had he lived? Why did he die? Via his brother’s life story, Zongo tells the story of migration within Africa and reflects on its consequences: the solidarity and conflicts between migrant workers and the concern of the families left behind.

Tuesday 24th March 2pm

 About AfriDocs

AfriDocs is the uniquely bold and exciting platform exclusively for Africa, bringing the best African and international documentaries to audiences anywhere in Africa. Fans of African cinema can watch some of the best documentaries from across the continent and beyond. Africa’s well known and loved television broadcast stream, AfriDocs, is now available for viewing ANYTIME from your computer, laptop, or from any mobile device.

AfriDocs Anytime is a FREE streaming platform with a growing catalogue available for viewing at any time. It’s like having a film festival on your screen that gives you access to powerful, quality, award-winning documentaries that have shown at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world.

AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

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