Teranga (2019)

Director: Daisy Squires, Lou Marillier, Sophia Seymour

Official Selection 2019

Teranga (2019)

A GUARDIAN  DOCUMENTARY.  Teranga is an  observational short documentary about youth, music and collective trauma. Set  in Naples and filmed over two years, it seeks to humanise West-African  migrants living in Europe.   Haunted by  the difficulties of their pasts and dreaming of a future with indefinite  leave to remain, two young Gambian asylum seekers escape the boredom and fear  of life as a migrant in Matteo Salvini’s Italy by dancing away their trauma  in Teranga, an Afrobeats migrant-run nightclub in Naples.   Fata wants to become a world famous DJ;  Yankuba is an aspiring biochemist. By day, they tirelessly pursue their  dreams in corrupt and dank refugee camps in the middle of nowhere, and by  night they converge in Teranga, which manifests as a rare safe space where  migrants can forget their troubles and find a community.  This short-documentary mixes professional  and phone footage shot by the directors and the contributors over two years.  The film seeks to show asylum seekers as rarely seen before, figuring out how  to fill the time as they wait for notice on their documents. Unable to work  and with their lives on hold for years, they find ways to keep themselves  feeling alive relying on music as a crucial tool for resistance, survival and  integration.

Director: Daisy Squires, Lou Marillier, Sophia Seymour

United Kingdom

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