Ousmane Samassékou / 85’ / 2021 / South Africa, Mali, France

Direction: Ousmane Samassékou

Production: STEPS, 1082

Editing: Céline Ducreux

Cinematography: Ousmane Samassékou

Sound: Adama Diarra, Jean-Marc Schick

The House of Migrants in Gao, Mali, is a refuge at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. It welcomes those in transit towards Algeria in the north, or on their way back after a failed attempt to make it to Europe. When Esther and Kady, two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, arrive to regain the strength to continue their journey, they form a friendship with Natacha, a migrant woman in her forties whose memory fainted over the years, along with her hopes of regaining her home.

OUSMANE SAMASSÉKOU. A graduate in business economics, Ousmane Samassékou continued his studies at the Conservatory of Multimedia Arts and Crafts in Bamako. He then obtained a master’s degree in documentary production and creation at the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal. Ousmane is a partner with DS Productions in Bamako, where he is a producer, director, director of photography and editor. In 2015, he completed his first feature-length documentary, film on the evils that hinder training and education in Mali: Les Héritiers De La Colline, which won the Grand Prix du Jury at the Agadir Festival and special mention of the Jury at the AMAA Awards. His latest feature-length documentary The Last Shelter was presented at the IDFAForum in 2019 (round tables) and 2020 (rough cut) under the working title Witnesses From The Shadow.