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