Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert | Tunesia, Germany 2019 | 22 Min. | OmeU

Austrian Premiere

In 2017, Abou Bakar Sidibé won the ethnocineca EVA-award as a co-director for his movie Les Sauteurs – Those Who Jump, a documentation about his escape from Mali to Europe. As he finally arrived at the European continent, he sensed a feeling that a new, better life would await him. But while Les Sauteurs was screening at international film festivals all over the world, Sidibé lives in a Bavarian refugee camp. An artist, seen and heard, but at the same time trapped within a tristesse and boredom of a remote refugee camp.
Ma Nouvelle Vie Européenne is a continuation of Les Sauteurs, a depiction of the sobering life after fleeing and seeking freedom, only to be trapped again.

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Directors: Abou Bakar Sidibé and Moritz Siebert
Camera and Sound: Abou Bakar Sidibé, Clemens Nürnberger, Neuton Berlin
Editing: Cora Czarnecki
Producer: Moritz Siebert

Premiere at the International Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen, Germany 2019 (Winner Main Award German Competition)
Human Rights Film Festival Germany, Nürnberg, Germany 2019
Kasseler Dokfest 2019, Germany
Scanorma, New Baltic Film , Vilnius 2019
Moviement Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2019

Biography Abou Bakar Sidibé
Abou Bakar Sidibé from Mali was born in 1985. After earning a university degree in English, he worked as a teacher, constructions worker, market carrier and lecturer. Les Sauteurs, which premiered at 2016 Berlinale Forum and showed since than at almost 200 festivals world-wide and was awarded more than 25 prices was Abou’s first film. Abou currently live in Berlin, Germany where he continues to make films and studies to become a preschool teacher.

Biography Moritz Siebert
Moritz Siebert has worked on the subject of migration for the last 15 years getting inspired by the manifold stories of people on their search for a new home. At the same time his interest is to observe the receiving societies’ handling of migration which provides a great insight into the self-perception and level of openness of such societies. Originally trained as a medical doctor and anthropologist, Moritz studied documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Moritz lives in Berlin, where – besides working on his film projects – he continues to work in a hospital’s emergency ward as a physician.