The Land Between offers an intimate insight into the hidden lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in the mountains of northern Morocco. For most, their dream is to enter Europe by jumping a highly-militarized barrier into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African continent.
With unique and unprecedented access, this film documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the extreme violence and constant mistreatment they face on a daily basis from both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities. It also explores many universal questions, including how and why people are prepared to risk everything, including their life, to leave their country, their family and friends, in search of a new and better life.
about the author
David Fedele is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Australia. He entered the world of documentary filmmaking through a love of travel and exploring different cultures, having travelled extensively throughout Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa. Generally working alone, self-producing and self-funding his projects, David is particularly interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues. His films have covered such diverse topics as Sub-Saharan African migration in Morocco, electronic waste in Ghana, and illegal logging in Papua New Guinea. David’s films have been broadcast widely, and screened at international film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. His film E-Wasteland was recently awarded “best Australian short documentary” at the Antenna International Documentary Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.
Filmography:The Land Between (2014), E-Wasteland (2012), Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) (2011), Png Style (2010), Reflections (2010), Caterina (2010), Reflections On A Genocide (2011), West Papuan Refugees (2011), Second Chance (2010).
festivals, awards (selection)
Winner “Best Feature-Length Documentary” – FIFE Environmental Film Festival 2014 – Paris, France; Festival de Résistance et d’Alternatives – Casablanca, Morocco; DocWeek – Adelaide, Australia; Hans 48 Cinema – Kiel, Germany; Cinema 3001 Kind – Hamburg, Germany.