Two Syrian refugee families who fled the war in Syria and settled temporarily in Lebanon, are selected a few years later by the Office for Migration in Germany for a UNHCR resettlement programme. They are about to start a new life in Western Europe.
On the edge of the Sahara, in Burkina Faso, the village of Kamcé is being destroyed by the effects of creeping desertification. To ensure the village’s survival, the villagers decided to embark on the planning of a perimeter. Armed with shovels and pickaxes, they will build dikes, plant hedges and trees to protect the soil from wind, gully and herds of animals that grass on what little pasture manages to grow.
After its presentation at Cannes Classics, Hyenas was shown at Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, at the 56th Film Festival of New York, at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, at the Institut Lumière in Lyon, at the Viennale, Mumbai Film Festival, etc.
Djibril Diop Mambéty followed and filmed the shooting of “Yaaba”, Idrissa Ouédraogo’s (Burkina Faso, 1989) second feature film. A documentary full of humorous anecdotes regarding the dangers of shooting in Burkina Faso.
Enormous emotional energy
Paolo Mereghetti, Corriere della sera (Italy)
Sombre, unflinching and personal […] Markus Imhoof’s Eldorado is a deeply felt documentary essay on Europe’s refugee question.
The Guardian (UK)
After his commitment as a producer, most notably to African cinema and some of his greatest titles (Yaaba, Laafi, Hyenas), the Jura native, Pierre-Alain Meier picks up the camera to confront both his career trajectory and his demons. He returns to Senegal to investigate a European woman who was found dead in 2009; the only white body among the corpses of black migrants washed up on a beach. THIERRY JOBIN, Fribourg Int. Film Festival.
Trois femmes se confient à la réalisatrice Fatima Sissani. Plus de cinquante ans après l’indépendance de l’Algérie, elles se décident enfin à témoigner de leur engagement contre l’occupation coloniale et pour l’avènement d’une Algérie démocratique et plurielle (…). EL WATAN
Un hymne à l’engagement des femmes, à leur engagement dans l’émancipation de l’Algérie ». SUD-OUEST
During their struggle against the the U.S. military bases, the Okinawan people have found the ability to peacefully resist. They have been able to maintain an inexplicable identity, which is fascinating even to the Japanese. PASSION CINEMA
Humour with a dose of sweetness. L’EXPRESS
WIN WIN is a testimony to the vitality of Swiss filmmaking, capable of transforming a local event into a cultural commodity. LE TEMPS
Finally a successful Swiss comedy. LE MATIN
Richly documented and lavishly photographed…Imhoof obtains stunning images of (bees) at work.
Effective melding of science and aesthetic delights. INDIEWIRE
MARVELOUS! A delightful, informative and suitably contemplative study of the bee world… VILLAGE VOICE, Stephanie Zacharek,
Oh my God – I love this film. Finally somebody got it right! MICHAEL MOORE