Alganesh: hope on the horizon
On the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, after decades of war, another battle is being fought today: that of survival for thousands of refugees fleeing the dictatorship. Five Eritrean refugee camps lie on the Ethiopian border, and the refugees face enormous difficulties due to the lack of water, the lack of basic necessities, but, above all, the lack of a future.
Three protagonists of the film: Dr. Alganesh Fessah, Italian Eritrean, a life in the forefront for her fellow countrymen on the run; refugees arriving from the border; and Ethiopia, a land that welcomes a million people fleeing Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia, Congo.
In the film we meet children on the run alone, without parents. More and more unaccompanied minors arrive at the first reception camp of Endabaguna. From 4 to 16 years old, they dream of seeing their mother again and of being able to study. They dream of a life.
Among the camps, one in particular presents extremely difficult conditions: it is that of the Kunama, who have always been persecuted, who arrived at the camp already 17 years ago and now exist without any prospects. In the Mai Ayni camp, refugees find relief and some hope in the work of the Ghandi Association, which also receives support from the Diocesan Missionary Center of Trento. Preschool children receive a hot meal each day and health care; the elderly come to collect every month a bar of soap and a handful of coffee beans.
Doctor Alganesh, who does not want to be called a “hero”, dedicates herself every day to the weakest of the refugees. She has launched humanitarian efforts for the most desperate cases, supports the various camps, visits Egyptian prisons to free prisoners, and is in the front row in Sinai to free those kidnapped and tortured. Does Alganesh see hope on the horizon?
- Written and directed by: LIA e MARIANNA BELTRAMI
- producer: ANDREA MORGHEN
- director of photography: FERRAN PAREDES RUBIO
- assistant producer: OLHA VOZNA
- editing: LIA BELTRAMI
- original soundtrack: ALBERTO BELTRAMI
- graphic design: GIACOMO MARTINOLI
- Italian distribution: TV2000