Côme Ledésert | Italy, Germany 2015 |25 Min. | OmeU
Toni is a fisherman in Lampedusa. He sees men, women and children traveling from another continent. Who are these migrants arriving by sea on an island at the entry door of Europe, leaving it as soon as they can if they didn't die before on their paths? Through Toni's testimony, intercut by animation that underlines his role of obliged witness, this documentary invites us to question our perception of migrants in Europe – between our tenacious fantasies, Toni's reality and their persisting dreams.
Côme Ledésert is a French filmmaker and practice-based PhD student at the University of Westminster, London, UK. His documentary short "Almut" was selected in several international film festivals in USA, Canada and Germany. By intercutting animation with documentary footage, his film "Persisting dreams" about Lampedusa focuses on the relationship between fiction and documentary, as well as social sciences and art. "Persisting dreams" premiered at the World Film Festival (Canada), won 3 prizes and was selected in over 20 film festivals, among others at Oaxaca Film Fest (Mexico), Japan Media Arts Festival, Etiuda&Anima (Poland) and Jean Rouch International Film Festival (France) where it was awarded with a "Special Mention".
- Special Mention at 34th Festival international Jean Rouch in Paris, France
- Special Mention at the 14th Paris International Human Rights Film Festival
- Best Short Film at the 8th International Film Festival „Fishermen of the World"