”That sea… It ́s not a small thing. Everything happened on that boat, everything… I lost hope”.
Harouna is stranded in the coastal town of Noaudhibou in Mauretania. He has left his girlfriend and newborn in Mali to search for a safe haven for the three of them. In Italy, a group of asylum seekers live in a prison-like centre, uncertain about their futures. In Copenhagen we meet Austin. He has reached the promised land, but is forced to roam the streets in search for money for his family in Nigeria. This is the story of people who risk their lives in the hope of creating a dignified life for themselves and their loved ones.
Ditte Haarløv Johnsen was born in Denmark and grew up in Maputo, Mozambique. She is a photographer and a documentary film director. Since 2001 her base is in Copenhagen. In 2007 she graduated from The National Film School of Denmark. She also holds a BA in communication from Roskilide University and has studied at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography. Her debut as a film director, “One Day” was launched at IDFA in 2007 where it received a Special Mention and was awarded best short documentary at Cph:Dox, One World Film Festival in Prague and IndieLisboa. Ditte’s photographic work has been exhibited worldwide. Her series “Maputo Diary”, is in the process of becoming a book. “Days of Hope” from 2013, is Ditte’s first feature length documentary film.