Difficult / Dafa Metti

country, year
France, 2020


running time

directed by
Tal Amiran



about the film
Under the glittering Eiffel Tower, illegal Senegalese migrants sell miniature souvenirs of the monument so as to support their families back home. Far from their loved ones and hounded by the police, each day is a new struggle through the darkness in the City of Lights.

‘Dafa Metti (Difficult) is my third short documentary, and as with the previous two, I continue to explore the subject of migration, as well as work in a public space. In this film, as in the  award-winning short doc Sand Men, I have chosen to shine a light on communities  often ignored and to give a voice to marginalized people living in the shadowof society.’

about the author
Tal Amiran is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor, based in London. His first short documentary Seven Days a Week (2016) was screened at 27 festivals, including AFI Docs and Big Sky Documentary Film festival, with 7 awards won, including Best London Short at the London Short Film Festival; director and critic Mark Cousins praised the Amiran’s debut asa “classic, moving and profound” documentary. Tal’s second short documentary Sand Men (2017) was selected for 41 festivals, including Cinequest, Savannah and Brooklyn Film Festival, with 10 awards attributed, including Best Documentary Short at Sarasota Film Festival. Tal’s short documentaries have been showcased by Vimeo Staff Pick and Nowness, and have both been acquired by the BFI National Archive. Dafa Metti is Tal’s third short documentary. Tal is also a lecturer atthe Film and Moving Image BA at Norwich University of the Arts, UK.

festivals and awards
Cinema Eye Honors – Short List 2021
BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) 2021 – Best British Short Film Longlist
BFI London Film Festival, 2020
AFI DOCS, 2020
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2020 – Best Short Documentary: First Prize
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2020
Hamptons International Film Festival, 2020
Calgary International Film Festival, 2020
Odense International Film Festival, 2020 – Nominated forThe Soapbox Award
Woodstock Film Festival, 2020 – Best Short Documentary
Kassel Dokfest, 2020
Telluride Mountainfilm, 2020
Savannah Film Festival, 2020
Sidewalk Film Festival, 2020 – Shorts Honorable Mention
Indie Memphis Film Festival, 2020
DC Shorts International Film Festival, 2020
Edmonton International Film Festival, 2020
Cinequest Film Festival, 2020
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2020
RiverRun International Film Festival, 2020
American Documentary Film Festival, 2020
International Short Film Festival Berlin Interfilm, 2020
Tacoma Film Festival, 2020
St Albans Film Festival, 2020 – Best Short Documentary
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, 2020
FIDBA – International Documentary Film Festival Buenos Aires, 2020
Bushwick Film Festival, 2020
Tirana International Film Festival, 2020
Tallgrass Film Festival, 2020
Nottingham International Film Festival, 2020 – Best Short Documentary
Signes de Nuit International Festival, 2020
Film Africa, 2020
Norwich Film Festival, 2020
Hawaii International Film Festival, 2020
JAYU Human Rights Film Festival, 2020
Eastern Oregon Film Festival, 2020
Crested Butte Film Festival, 2020
Kerry International Film Festival, 2020
IndieCork Film Festival, 2020
Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona, 2020
Paris Art and Movie Awards, 2020
Diversions International Short Film Festival, 2020 – Pax Diversity Award
Afrika Filmfestival, 2020
DocuWest Documentary Film Festival, 2020
Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival, 2020
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, 2020 – David Kleiler Award
Still Voices Short Film Festival, 2020
Global Migration Film Festival Indonesia, 2020
The Sabira Cole Film Festival, 2020
The Shortest Nights, 2020
Blue Danube Film Festival, 2020
Austrian Film Festival, 2020 – Special Mention
Euregion Film Festival, 2020
Athens International Film and Video festival, 2020
SENE Film Festival, USA 2020
African Diaspora Cinema Festival, Italy 2020
Festival of Migrant Film, Slovenia 2020
Braziers International Film Festival, UK 2020
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, USA 2021
London Short Film Festival, UK 2021 – Nominated forBest British Short Film Award
Toronto Black Film Festival, Canada 2021
Sonoma International Film Festival, USA 2021
Thin Line Festival, USA 2021

Seven Days a Week (2015)
Sand Men (2017)