The Last Shelter (2021)

An arresting, artful, fragmentary portrait of a place of temporary refuge for migrants crossing Africa in pursuit of modest dreams.

Just as The Last Shelter has rich, soulful depths beneath a quiet surface, it suggests this human cacophony underlies the silence of the desert, part the primal scream and part the endless, ongoing lament of the migrant, who only briefly, in places like Caritas, gets to draw breath.

Jessica Kiang, Variety

The Last Shelter is clearly the work of someone who has won the trust of those involved and understands what is at stake for those contemplating exile. The film is partly dedicated to Samassekou’s uncle Amadou, who left for Germany 30 years ago and was never heard from again.

Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

  • Orig. title: Le Dernier Refuge
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: STEPS
  • Cinematography: Ousmane Samassekou
  • Editing: Céline Ducreux
  • Music: Pierre Daven Keller
  • Sound: Adama Diarra, Jean-Marc Schick