High in the French Alps, on the border between Italy and France, refugees risk their lives crossing dangerous mountain routes. Witnessing the increasing influx of refugees, local communities in the Roya and Durance Valleys start providing them with shelter, food and legal counselling. Since transporting and hosting undocumented migrants is a criminal offence, they find themselves on the wrong side of the law, sometimes even facing jail time for their acts of civil disobedience. The Valley documents the battle between the population and the authorities, who themselves blatantly violate human rights when refusing to process asylum seekers and minors’ requests. This gripping chronicle rightfully reclaims the ethical duty of solidarity, criminalized by a perverted system.
2019 / France & Italy / 76 mins
Nuno Escudeiro, Director
Nuno Escudeiro (1986, Tomar, Portugal) studied Media Studies in the University of Aveiroand Documentary FIlm Directing in Zelig, School for Documentary in Bolzano, Italy. He works on different fields of the moving image, exhibiting both in Gallery and Film Festivals. His experimental dance short films Pass by (2011), A Dance Dictionary (2012) and White Nights (2013) have screened in several international film festivals. His first feature Moon Europa (2016) was screened in dok.fest munich 2017 and indielisboa 2017. His second feature “The Valley“, a french-italian co-production by Miramonte Films and Point-du-jour has been awarded the “Emerging International Filmmaker” award upon its premiere at Hot Docs Toronto.