A group of valley people, faced with the refugees’ dismay and suffering, offered them food, a place to rest and helped them with transportation. Their human gesture, however, made them the guilty party in the eyes of the law…
“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 and to simply act in the name of solidarity.
Read the full article and interview with the filmaker published in Variety:
Extract: "When you close the border, you communicate fear....And what we allowed to happen was that politicians, they dealt with it through fear..."
(Nuno Escudeiro in Variety, 3 May 2019)
"This compelling film goes to the front lines of the refugee crisis as a handful of citizens in the Roya and Durance Valleys, near the French-Italian border, do their part to help .... "The doc focuses not on the horrors people escaped or the perils of their travels—those narratives have been covered elsewhere—but on the individual actions that seek to remedy the solution.... "Escudeiro captures some incredible footage...'
(Pat Mullen, POV Magazine 27/04/19)
""A profound and subtle film that questions the role of each of us in troubled times where simplistic arguments blur ouor understanding of democracy." (Christine Chaumeau - Télérama, mai 2019)
position 1: 52' version
position 2: 72' versions
Festivals and Awards:
2019: "Emerging international filmaker" Award for Nuno Escudeiro at HOT DOCS "International Spectrum" (03 May 2019, Toronto)