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Brussels: The Last Shelter at the heart of the celebrations of the International Day of La Francophonie

On Tuesday 22 March 2022, the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) joined forces with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union to celebrate the International Francophonie Day with the screening of the documentary film “The Last Shelter” by director Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou.

The Last Shelter was shown for the first time in Belgium in one of the dark rooms of the Cinéma Galeries. For the occasion, the Malian director made the trip to the European capital.  The film takes the viewer into the intimacy and daily life of the residents of the Maison des Migrants in Gao, in northern Mali, a place where men and women who want to try their luck on the other side of the Mediterranean, in search of a better future, and others who, having failed in the great adventure, are waiting for a convoy to take them home, rub shoulders.

“This work reminds us of our common responsibility to provide urgent answers to the needs of African youth if we want to achieve the ambition of building together a Euro-African area of collective security and shared prosperity, as expressed by the Heads of State and Government at the European Union-African Union Summit held here in Brussels just a few weeks ago,” said Isidora Niang, the Permanent Representative of Francophonie to the EU.

A first success for the ACP-EU Culture Programme

The film – which takes the audience on a poignant human adventure – has already won several prestigious international awards. It is the result of a co-production between African and European production companies, which allowed it to be financially supported by the ACP-EU Culture Programme through the Clap-ACP fund of the International Organisation of Francophonie. The Last Shelter is also one of the first productions to be completed under the Programme.

“For a long time, we have made films with financial contributions from Western countries because our countries do not always have support mechanisms.  And when they do exist, the funds available remain low and do not allow us to create quality productions. The bonuses granted by the ACP-EU Culture programme allow operators from the African continent to collaborate and create works of African authorship,” said director Ousmane Samassékou.

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