On his way from south of the Sahara to Europe, Mohamed is constantly haunted by three questions: will I drown in the sea, will I get there, will I be banished once I am there? Foreign follows the journey of the young man from Mali to the vantage point to Europe. One of the oldest routes to a better life runs through Algeria to Morocco and finally to Spain. The documentary gives a face to migration across the Mediterranean. Mohamed, the first born of a family of seven, is sent travelling when the family has a need for a provider. The parents sell their cows to fund his way – turning back is not an option. On this years-long journey all sense of time disappears, and one’s worth as a human being is based solely on hope.
Miriam Fassbender (born 1980 in Munich) studied film at the Famu Academy in Prague. She works as a camerawomen and film director and currently lives in Berlin. Foreign is her first feature documentary.