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The Last Shelter Le Dernier Refuge

  Ousmane Samassékou

  France, Mali, South Africa     85 minutes


On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every year. Following the travelers who pass through the facility’s doors, The Last Shelter serves as a lyrical, deeply human study of the denizens of the refuge, among them 16-year-old Esther, a Burkinabe girl who becomes the film’s most affecting central character. Running away from a loveless homelife, Esther dreams of finding freedom and newfound purpose in Algeria—but will she ever manage to move forward? Winner of the top prize at the prestigious CPH:DOX film festival, this is a beautiful, sensorial account of exile, home, and the space between.

 Bambara, French, Fula, Hausa, Mooré, Susu, Waama with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Sun, Oct 17 @ 2:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Film Credits

  •   Estelle Robin You, Andrey Diarra, Don Edkins, Tiny Mungwe
  •   Esther Safiatou
  •   Point du Jour - Les films du balibari, DS Productions, STEPS
  •   https://www.thelastshelter-film.com/en/home/


Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin