Balkan Dox

The Last Shelter

Le Dernier Refuge

France, Mali, South Africa
2021 — 85 min / Colour



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. The trio finds a semblance of family life, sharing moments of joy, hope and tenderness. But the girls can’t shake the dream of a future abroad, even when their journey collides with the ones who came back, burdened by failure and trauma. The house, like a rampart made of fragile walls, can hardly resist the call of the desert, its distant murmur whispering stories of dreams and nightmares.

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Directors' Biography

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 Production in Bamako, where he is a producer, director, DOP and editor.

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Screenings & Awards

CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2021

Hot Docs, Canada, 2021

DOK.fest München, Germany, 2021