Road Dox

The Last Shelter

Ousmane Samassékou
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3 Ticket

For decades, the Malian city of Gao has been a transit point towards Europe for thousands of migrants from all over the African continent. The House of Migrants in Gao is a refuge which welcomes those continuing 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, they form a friendship with Natacha, a migrant woman in her forties whose memory and hopes of regaining her home faded over the years. The trio finds a semblance of family life, sharing moments of hope and tenderness. But the girls can’t shake the dream of a future abroad, even after meeting those who came back, burdened by failure and trauma.


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 Production in Bamako, where he is a producer, director, DOP 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 IDFA Forum in 2019 (round tables) and 2020 (rough cut) under the working title Witnesses from the Shadow. With this project, Ousmane participated in the IDFA Summer School and the IDFA Academy in 2019. As co-producer of Aïcha Macky's Zinder, he participated in the Atlas workshops in 2020, la Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Ouaga Film Lab. In October 2018, he won the producer networks grant at the Ouaga Producer Lab with the project Tonso.

General sponsor

Le dernier refuge

France, Mali, South Africa
2021, 85'

Directed by:
Ousmane Samassékou

Screenplay by:
Ousmane Samassékou

Ousmane Samassékou

Pierre Daven Keller

Estelle Robin You, Andrey S. Diarra, Don Edkins, Tiny Mungwe

Produced by:
Point du Jour - Les films du balibari, DS Productions, STEPS, Arte GEIE

Festivals & Awards:

HotDocs (2021)
DOK.fest Munich (2021)
IDFA (2021)
South African IDFF: African/South African Feature Winner (2021)
DokuFest (2021)
Beldocs (2021) 
Chicago IFF (2021)


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