Rwanda, South Africa 2021 – Director: Claudine Ndimbira – Original language: French – Subtitles: English

Refugee Akili Nadege has experienced terrible things: loss, imprisonment, torture. Women and men lend their voices to tell Akili’s story. The more the narrators take in, the more affected they are – and Akili regains her agency and her dignity. An impressive short film that demands and enacts compassion. Barbara Off

We present the world premiere of the film.


Writer: Don Edkins. Production: STEPS/BA UCURA PRODUCTIONS, ARTE France. Producer: Don Edkins. Length: 19 min. International Sales: STEPS

No youth rating



This film contains explicit depictions of (sexualised) violence.

Claudine Shenge Ndimbira

Claudine Shenge Ndimbira is an emerging filmmaker from Rwanda. She started her film education at the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali and at the International Class of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her films have been screened at festivals in Africa, Europe and North America.


IWACU MU MURYANGO, RW 2022, 62 min. 
SHE, RW 2017, 12 min.
HORA MAMA, RW 2015, 16 min.


We present the film as part of a short film programme. The ticket also gives access to the film:

The Gambia, South Africa 2022, Babucarr Manka, 40 min.

The journey to Europe has twice ended in failure. Back home in Gambia, 20 year-old Paabi is now set to establish a life for herself with the support of the International Organization for Migration. The conditions are harsh and the expectations of the extended family are high. In the end, Paabi gets back on a bus heading north. Barbara Off


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#Where is Home: Migration & Flight #Africa #African Encounters: New African Narratives

DOK.network Africa 2022
  • Saturday
    HFF - Audimax
    Original with English subtitles, Q&A with Claudine Ndimbira (dir.)
  • Saturday
    Neues Maxim
    Original with English subtitles