Obscure Night – Wild Leaves (The Burning Ones, the Obstinate) / Nuit obscure – Feuillets sauvages (Les brûlants, les obstinés)

country, year
France, Switzerland, 2022


running time

directed by
Sylvain George

Arabic, French, Spanish

English subtitles

about the film
The film by Sylvain George is about Melilla – a Spanish enclave in the North of Morocco, a land between Europe and Africa. Due to its geographical location and its legal position, the land became a hotspot towards which the routes of immigrants from all different corners of Africa, the Meghreb and Asia converge. Yet, the movement across the land became conditioned with harsh migratory policies of “Fortress Europe”, which limits and prevents migrants from migrating further. The land is a testimony of European politics, its challenges and consequences.


about the author
Sylvain George is a French director, writer and producer. After studying philosophy, law, political science and cinema, he devoted himself to creating poetic, political and experimental works, especially on the theme of migration and social movements. He makes radical films for informal groups or undocumented migrants, as well as more personal films opposing the unjust policies that are being implemented over our society and shape it.


festivals and awards
– 75th Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, 2022

– 60th Viennale, Austria, 2022

– Paris is a moveable feast – A film in 18 waves (2017)

– Youssef, le vent la rage avant l’existence (2017)

– Joli Mai (Que ceux qui qui ont tué moins de cent fois me jette la pierre) (2016)

– Nocturne (2015)

– Nocturne Blanc chasseur (2015)

– Vers Madrid (The burning bright) (2014)

– The clouds (My black mama’s face) (2012)

– The outbursts (My mouth, my name, my revolt) (2011)

– May they rest in revolt (2010)

– The Impossible – Pieces of fury (2009)

– Ils nous tureont tous (2009)

– N’entre pas sans violence dans la nuit (2008)

– No Border (Aspettavo che scendesse la sera) (2008)