To Return / Revenir

country, year
Australia, 2018


running time

directed by
David Fedele, Mamadou Bakayoko

French, English


about the film
For years, the stories of West African migrants have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Revenir brings us the story told from the inside. Kumut Imesh (Mamadou Bakayoko) is a political refugee from the Ivory Coast, currently living in France. The film follows Kumut as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the journey that he himself took when forced to flee the civil war in his own country.  It is not his story alone, but of so many people like him, who have been forced onto the road, seeking safety and risking all.

about the authors
Born in Australia in 1977, David Fedele is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, particularly interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues.
In 2014, David was selected to participate at Berlinale Talents as part of Berlin International Film Festival. He was also a jury member at the Cinema Planeta International Environmental Film Festival 2014 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and president of the jury at the SREM International Environmental Film Festival 2015 in Srem, Serbia.
David’s previous film The Land Between was awarded “Best Feature-length Documentary” at the FIFE International Environmental Film Festival in Paris; it has won many other awards, including Naples Human Rights Film Festival (Best Film), Festival of Migrant Film (Best Film) and Lampedusa Infestival (Best Film).

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Kumut Imesh was forced to flee civil war in his country in 2004. He began the long journey across the African continent before finally arriving in Morocco, where he spent 7 years. In 2014 Kumut arrived in Europe, and was granted asylum. He currently lives as a refugee in France, working as a webmaster. He is also the founder and president of ACSORE (Actions of Solidarity for Refugees), an association in France that works for the social and educational integration of asylum seekers and refugees. Revenir is Kumut’s first film.

festivals and awards
Festival Migant’scène, Rabat, Morocco, 2018
iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018
Censurados Film Festival, Lima, Peru, 2018
Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival, Vienna, Ausrtia, 2018
Chiala Afrika Festiva, Chiala, Austria, 2018
African Film Festival of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

filmography (David Fedele)
Bikpela Bagarap / Big Damage (2011), E-Wasteland (2012), The Land Between (2014)