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I See The Stars At Noon

58m Documentary 2005

In January 2004, in the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers, first-time documentary filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky met a 26-year-old Moroccan named Abdelfattah. He was a clandestine, one of many Africans who tried to cross the narrow Straits of Gibraltar and illegally enter Spain by stowing away on cargo ships or boarding inflatable rafts. By the end of their first meeting, Abdelfattah had agreed to let Saeed follow him to film every aspect of his journey, including his dealings with people-smugglers, his struggle to raise the 750 Euro fee, and his final days with his family before leaving.

I See The Stars At Noon offers a unique and revealing insight into Abdelfattah’s desperate attempt to reach Europe. At times humorous and disturbing, it intimately examines the circumstances that lead him to risk everything for an utterly uncertain future: his ambitions for a new life, his expectations of what Europe can offer him, and his frustration at the failures of his own Morocco.

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