The Valley


TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 5:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 10:30 AM
Hart House Theatre Sat, May 4, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Italy
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Crime & Justice
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Western & Central Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nuno Escudeiro
Producer(s):Luc Martin-Gousset
Andreas Pichler
Valerio B. Moser
Editor(s):Beatrice Segolini
Cinematography:Nikolaus von Schlebrügge
Sound:David Argi


Winner—Emerging International Filmmaker Award

High in the French Alps, on the border between Italy and France, migrants fleeing war, poverty and political persecution risk their lives crossing dangerous mountain routes. Witnessing the increasing influx of refugees, local communities in the Roya and Durance Valleys start providing them with shelter, food and legal counselling. Since transporting and hosting undocumented migrants is a criminal offence, these good Samaritans find themselves on the wrong side of the law, sometimes even facing jail time for their acts of civil disobedience. At a time when migration issues in Europe are politicized and thrust into the media spotlight more than ever before, Nuno Escudeiro documents the battle between the population and the authorities, who themselves blatantly violate human rights when refusing to process asylum seekers and minors' requests. This gripping and necessary chronicle rightfully reclaims the ethical duty of solidarity, criminalized by a perverted system. Charlotte Selb

Additional Information

  • POV - "The Valley is a refreshing call to action that challenges audiences to go rogue if they can no longer stand idle as the situation worsens."