DCP - HD - 2016 - Denmark - 82 Min - Color

LES SAUTEURS (Those Who Jump)

Les Sauteurs (original title)

A film by Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence.

At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.

Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.

By the producers of Academy Award Nominees


Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé


Moritz Siebert director

Moritz Siebert has worked on migration for the last 15 years and was originally trained as a medical doctor and an anthropologist. He studied documentary filmmaking together with Estephan Wagner at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

Estephan Wagner Director

For Estephan, Les Sauteurs is a feature debut even if he worked as a documentary director for over a decade, always approaching his themes from the point of view of his protagonists. Both as editor and director, he won several awards on the international festivals circuit.

Abou Bakar Sidibé     CO-DIRECTOR

Abou, born in Kidal, Mali, owns a University degree in English and has worked as a teacher, a cell phones seller, a construction worker or a cash carrier between Western Union offices in the Moroccan village and people on Mount Gurugú. Les Sauteurs is Abou's first film.

Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé


Moritz Siebert

- Harvest Hand (G, 2013, 70’, siebertfilms)

-          Blue Elephant (G, 2010, 15’, WEED e.V)

-   Long Distance (UK, 2009, 30’, National Film and Television School)

-          My Name is Karl (UK, 2008, 32’ National Film and Television School)

-          Anne and Gail (UK, 2009, 15’, National Film and Television School)

-        Belgrade Backspin (G, 2005, 34’, HFF Potsdam)

Estephan Wagner

     -   Last Dreams (New Danish Screen/DFI, Final Cut for Real, 2013, 59’)

-       Vanishing Worlds (UK, UK Film Council/BBC, 2011, 28’)

-       The Finishing Line (UK, Channel 4, Century Films, 2009, 29’)

-       Waiting for Women (UK, NFTS/WagnerDocs), 2008, 35’


Original language: French, Bambara
Produced by: Final Cut for Real (Heidi Elise Christensen & Signe Byrge Sorensen)
With the support of: Danida, The Danish Film Institute / Film Workshop by Film Consultant Christina Rosendahl, BMU Foundation
In collaboration with: DR - Mette Hoffmann Meyer


Nominated for Robert Prize for Best Documentary (the Danish Film Academy)
Cinema Eye Honors 2017 - Spotlight Award
Biberstein Gusmão Award (for emerging directors) to Abou Bakar Sidibé, Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal
Honorable Mention, Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal
Honorable Mention, Hamptons Int. Film Festival, USA
White Goose Award for best film, Int. Competition, DMZ Docs, Korea
Special Jury Mention, Camden Int. Film Festival
Best Editing Award by The Italian Association of Film and TV Editors, AMC, Salina DOC Fest 2016
Premio Tasca d'Almerita, Salina DOC Fest 2016
Amnesty International Award, Docs Against Gravity 2016
Main Prize, dokKa Karlsruhe, 2016
Special Mention, DOK.fest München 2016
The Jury's Second Prize, Feature length Competition, DocumentaMadrid 2016
Main Award: Int. Feature length Award, Frankfurt Lichter IFF 2016
Ecumenical Jury Award, Berlinale 2016iting Award


Bertha Doc House, January 2017, UK
Festival du Film Documentaire de St Louis, December 2016, Senegal
Transcinema, December 2016, Peru
Porto/Post/Doc, November 2016, Portugal
Black Nights, November 2016, Estonia
IDFA, November 2016, The Netherlands
DOC NYC, November 2016, USA
9th Panorama of the European Film, November 2016, Egypt
Nordic Film Days Lübeck, November 2016, Germany
Leeds Int. Film Festival, November 2016, UK
Afrikanische Filmtage Munich, October 2016, Germany
Film Africa UK, October 2016, UK
Independent FilmFest Osnabrück, October 2016, Germany
Corsica Doc, October 2016, France
Sao Paulo Film Festival, October 2016, Brazil
Antalya Film Festival, October 2016, Turkey
Prix Europa, October 2016, Germany
Cinemigrante Film Festival, October 2016, Argentina
DOCS DF, October 2016, Mexico
Festival de Cine de Valdivia, October 2016, Chile
Hamptons Int. Film Festival, October 2016, USA
BFI. London Film Festival, October 2016, UK
FEMF, October 2016, Slovenia
Zimbabwe Int. Film Festival, October 2016, Zimbabwe
War on Screen, September 2016, France
Festival du Film Francophone de Namur, September 2016, Belgium
Moldox, September 2016, Moldova
Zürich Film Festival, September 2016, Switzerland
Cinematik Int. Film Festival, September 2016, Slovakia
Milano Film Festival, September 2016, Italy
Camden Int. Film Festival, September 2016, USA
DMZ Docs, September 2016, Korea
Nordisk Panorama, September 2016, Sweden
États Généraux du Film Documentaire, August 2016, France
Melbourne Int. Film Festival, August 2016, Australia
Galway Film Fleadh, July 2016, Ireland
Sommerberlinale Köln, July 2016, Germany
AFIDOCS, June 2016, USA
DocuFest, June 2016, Kosovo
Durban International Film Festival, June 2016, South Africa
Biografilm Festival, June 2016, Italy
Salina DOC Fest, June 2016, Italy
Seoul Agape Film Festival, May 2016, South Korea
Int. Film Festival Innsbruck, May2016, Austria
Docaviv, May 2016, Israel
dokKa Karlsruhe, May 2016, Germany
Docs Against Gravity, May 2016, Poland
DOK.fest München, May 2016, Germany
DocumentaMadrid IFF, May 2016, Spain
Crossing Europe, April 2016, Austria
Frankfurt Lichter IFF, March 2016, Germany
Hong Kong IFF, March 2016
True False, March 2016, USA
Berlinale World Premiere 17 February 2016, Germany