Make sure to tune in to TV3 V this weekend for some of the best in African documentaries presented by AfriDocs, Africa’s only free streaming platform for documentary films.

The series of six #MigrantStories films that will be shown over the next few weeks enables you to take a journey through film that shows the realities, the honest feelings, and the facts about attempting to make it across land and sea at all cost.

Two of these films that tackle the complex issues of immigration and migration will be broadcast on TV3 this weekend, with four more to be aired in January 2019. All of the films can also be screened at ANYTIME for FREE on the AfriDocs streaming website, www.afridocs.net

Using the art of storytelling and the power of documentary filmmaking, AfriDocs will be focusing on the important issues and debates around irregular immigration. AfrDocs will showcase stories told from the perspective of African migrants during their harrowing attempts to make it to Europe in hopes of a better life.

These films, many of them produced from an African perspective, offer a window into the diverse experiences of refugees, migrants, and those left behind.

With the aim of both debunking many of the rumours that exist about immigration and migrants, as well as to humanize the people so often objectified through the West’s portrayal, these six films will be broadcast on a range of free to air television stations in Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as on the AfriDocs streaming platform.

Find our more & watch the trailer here: #MigrantStories

Join in the SOCIAL CONVERSATION with #MigrantStories and share YOUR story https://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/ or on twitter @afri_docs

All of the films can also be streamed here ANYTIME FOR FREE: https://afridocs.net/migrantstories/ or on the AfriDocs YouTube Channel.

My Escape, 90 minutes, Elke Sasse, 2016
The mobile phone, for many refugees, is an essential tool to organize their escape: They use it as a GPS, to get information or exchange information in groups, to contact smugglers and keep contact to family members and friends. Some use as a “reporter tool”.

My Escape is a film made up of edited material filmed by refugees with only in depth interviews after their arrival were filmed by the filmmakers themselves. This different perspective is visible in the documentary: It is not a professional film crew filming a broken refugee boat from a safe guard boat.

The camera is in the hand of a refugee on a broken boat when suddenly a boat is approaching to rescue them. The camera is also inside an empty trunk, searching for a small hole, for air or hidden while filming traffickers who take the decision on the future of the person, who is filming. It is “my escape” not “their escape”.

Made up from mobile phone footage of migrants or refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea during their escape journeys to Europe, plus interviews after their arrival in Germany (or Europe).

TV3: Saturday December 15th 22:30

When Paul Came Over the Sea | Jakob Preuss | 2017 | 97 min

Paul has made his way from his home in Cameroon across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he now lives in a forest waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is filming along Europe’s borders.

Soon afterwards, Paul manages to cross over to Spain on a rubber boat. He survives – but half of his companions die on this tragic 50-hour odyssey. When Paul decides to continue on to Germany, Jakob has to make a choice: will he become an active part of Paul’s pursuit of a better life or remain a detached documentary filmmaker?

TV3: Sunday December 16th 22:30

With the support of the German Foreign Office, AfriDocs will present these films as part of outreach to migrants, and those considering migration in order to enable them to make more informed and empowered decisions.

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