The Last Shelter is a physical structure in the city of Gao, in northeastern Mali. Gao serves as a gateway for migrants from African countries attempting to make their way across the Sahara to Europe. Samassékou’s sophomore feature, The Last Shelter is a haunting and revelatory look at the mental states of migrants as they make their way in and out of this halfway house on the edge of the Sahara. Visually arresting and deeply empathetic, what stands The Last Shelter apart is the filmmaker’s sensitivity and the carefully cultivated access he elicits from his subjects. Truly unforgettable.
Film will also be available on the BFI Player throughout the 10 days of the festival