SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011: FEATURE
Directed by Alberto Garcia Ortiz and Agatha Maciaszek
In the densely forested hills above Ceuta, a spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast, 57 Punjabi Indian immigrants await their fate in a shanty community they've built to avoid deportation. With lush visual style, the film accompanies them in their daily trials as they scramble to survive, waiting to cross the last 14 km that separate them from Europe. In spite of the hardships and conflicts, they stand united as a big family. Thousands of miles away, their real families in small Punjabi villages receive the messages from their sons, filmed by the directors. The film is an intimate and profound look at the Sikh diaspora nowadays.