Hotel Sahara

Hotel Sahara is a metaphor for the transition of migrants who left their old life behind and who haven’t reached what they have been dreaming of.

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  • 10/2011 - "Hotel Sahara" premieres on tv

    After the films 30 festival appearances, it’s cinema premiere in July of 2009 and the heated debates that have surrounded [...]

    After the films 30 festival appearances, it's cinema premiere in July of 2009 and the heated debates that have surrounded it since, our film "Hotel Sahara" will be shown in its tv edit on ARTE for the first time. On Wednesday, October 26th 2011 at 11.25 pm. This is a chance to see the film on tv for all of you who haven't yet. We'd appreciate you spreading the word and of course, your feedback on the film.

    Hotel Sahara on arte


  • 07/2011 - "Hotel Sahara" on Al Jazeera

    Currently on Al Jazeera: Our film “Hotel Sahara” is being shown daily until July 06th 2011. For airing times check [...]

    Currently on Al Jazeera: Our film "Hotel Sahara" is being shown daily until July 06th 2011. For airing times check our website.

    Screenings
    Al Jazeera


  • 04/2010 - Hotel Sahara at the Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival

    Our documentary Hotel Sahara will be screened within the competition of the Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival, which takes [...]

    Our documentary Hotel Sahara will be screened within the competition of the Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival, which takes place from March 27th until April 2nd in Kiev, Ukraine and is part of the Docudays. In addition, the film will be screened at the Rencontre Internationale du Film Transsaharien de Zagora, taking place from the 26th until the 29th of Mai in Zagora, Marocco.




Hotel Sahara

A dead-straight, endless road leading to nowhere. And at the end of the road: Nouadhibou, a town in the West African country Mauritania, bordered by the ocean on one side and the Sahara Desert on the other. A bleak and inhospitable departure point for the tens of thousands of people that pour in from neighboring countries, all with only one dream in mind: Europe. Hotel Sahara is a film journey to the last invisible border separating the West-African coast and Europe. The bleak city on the Atlantic Coast is a metaphor, a point of arrival and of departure, a gathering place of broken dreams – a place of waiting for that better life on the far side of
the Atlantic. It is above all a no-man’s land, a place of endless waiting and endless hoping. The film reveals how difficult it is to differentiate between „true“ and „false“ refugees. Is one „real“ only when threatened life and limb? What if one simply desires to escape a deadening lack of perspective? With an observant and cautious eye, Hotel Sahara documents how closely the dream of a better life is linked to sudden stagnancy, and how much patience is required to wait for years to finally, perhaps, arrive somewhere.

Written and directed by Bettina Haasen
Camera: Jacko van't Hof
Sound: Pascal Capitolin
Editing: Kristine Langner
Music: Karsten Höfer and the Durgas
Producer: Eva Rink, Maria Wischnewski
Production Assistant: Susanne Radelhof
Production Accountant: Daniela Schöne
Production Manager: Reinhardt Beetz
Technical Supervisor: Phiipp Weigold
Line Producer Mauritania: Abourahmane Abou Salem "La maison des cinéastes"
Sound Mix: Jörg Höhne
Color Correction: Thomas Harbers
Coordination Post Production: Hannes Stromberg
Title Works: Nicole Winterbauer
Produced by Christian Beetz
Commisioning Editor: Martin Pieper ZDF/arte

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  • Hotel Sahara

    Al Jazeera
    03 July 2011 at 8:00 pm

  • Hotel Sahara

    Al Jazeera
    05 July 2011 at 12:00 am

  • Hotel Sahara

    Al Jazeera
    05 July 2011 at 1:00 am

  • Hotel Sahara

    Al Jazeera
    06 July 2011 at 6:00 am

  • Hotel Sahara

    arte
    26 October 2011 at 11:25 pm

  • Hotel Sahara

    arte
    26 October 2011 at 11:25 pm

  • Hotel Sahara

    arte
    09 November 2011 at 4:00 am

  • Hotel Sahara

    arte
    12 November 2011 at 5:00 am

  • Hotel Sahara

    Refugee Week Festival - Nottingham
    16 June 2014 at 7:00 pm