HRW: No U-Turn

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
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  • a bus full of people
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Mar 12, 2023 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Nigeria
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ike Nnaebue


Tickets: Free (or $10 donation to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival)

**Streaming as of March 13!**

"Why is it unrealistic to dream of comfortable life in a continent of abundant resources?" - Ike Nnaebue, director, No U-Turn

As a young man, celebrated Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue left Nigeria taking the route via Benin, Mali, and Mauritania to Morocco where he was forced to turn back, unable to reach Europe. In his first documentary, No U-Turn, he retraces the life-changing journey he made over 20 years ago. Along the way, he meets those who are taking the same trip and, through conversations with them, tries to understand what motivates young people today to expose themselves to the dangers of a passage into an uncertain future. Most are aware of the dangers of traveling undocumented by road, yet more and more are joining the ranks of those who take this risk, despite widely circulated images and terrifying testimonies found online of people that have been lured into slavery and bondage. Overlaid with a powerful poetic commentary, this self-reflective travelogue hints at the deep longing of an entire generation for a better life.

In English, Igbo, French, Nigerian Pidgin with English subtitles.


Panel discussion with filmmaker Ike Nnaebue, Professor Kamari Clarke and Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier/public speaker, moderated by CBC's Tamara Khandaker.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL // MARCH 8-19: The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) bears witness to human rights violations in direct storytelling and exposé form, and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.


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