Sahara Chronicle

Ursula Biemann

2007 | 00:51:14 | Switzerland | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: European Film/Video, Expedition/Travel, Journalism, Politics

Sahara Chronicle encompasses an undefined number of short videos documenting the present sub-Saharan exodus towards Europe. Taking a close look at the modalities and logistics of the migration system in the Sahara, the project examines the politics of mobility, visibility and containment which lie at the heart of current global geopolitics. The material is gathered during three field trips to major gates and nodes of the trans-Saharan network in Morocco, Mauritania and Niger where migratory intensity is bundled. No voice-over narrative strings these stories together. Meaning has to be extracted from the interstices between the documents, from the stretch of the journey that is most invisible to the eye.

Longer (76 minutes) DVD version is available for educational purchase/exhibition rental.

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