Director(s): Nuno ESCUDEIRO – Writer(s): Moritz BONATTI, Nuno ESCUDEIRO Contact Print page
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“The Valley” is the “Roya Valley” between Italy and France – an area which has belonged to one or the other country in the last centuries. Now that many land migrant routes into the heart of Europe are closed to them, many desperate people in search of a better life or fleeing wars converge to this area to reach their final destination.
The law says, we are required to assist any person in danger. But these days, that seems to imply any documented person in danger – anything else is punishable by law.
A group of valley people, faced with the refugees’ dismay and suffering upon arriving in their region, offered them food, a place to rest and helped them with transportation to a safe destination. Their human gesture, however, put them at risk, because it was against the law. So, they decided to make their actions public, for their own protection. But this attracted the attention of the police and the media and ended up making things more dangerous for both the refugees and their helpers. The whole situation had a profound impact on the daily life of the valley people, as well as on their families and their work.
“The Valley” is a character-driven film focusing on the personal stories of ordinary men and women who, caught in an impossible and legally complex situation, struggle to keep a sense of their own personal ethics to do what is right. It is a film that portrays the use of civil disobedience as a tool for humanitarian and political action.
The story of the Roya Valley is a story that stands for hundreds of people across Europe, who simply act in the name of solidarity.