2018 • 23:47 MINUTES • HD
Gifts from Babylon is a short film exploring the psychological impact of Africa-EU migration through the lens of a Gambian return-migrant. The film captures the personal conflicts that arise when Modou, a deported refugee, returns to his home country after having lived illegally in Europe for five years. Suffering from intense flashbacks of his traumatic migrant journey, he wonders what has become of him…
GIFTS FROM BABYLON
Bas Ackermann (He/Him)
Bas Ackermann is a filmmaker and creative director from the Hague, the Netherlands. He is the writer and director of the internationally acclaimed feature-length documentary Welcome to the Smiling Coast (2016). The film received its world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in LA in 2016 and has since been shown at more than fifty other film festivals and specialized film events. The idea of making Welcome of the Smiling Coast started in 2007, when Bas, together with a group of like-minded friends, set up State of Mic, a multimedia studio aimed at empowering Gambian youngsters by educating them in video and music production. Within five years, a group of about fifteen youths became professionals within Gambia’s rising media industry. At present, the studio has become the most prominent media production house in The Gambia. Gifts from Babylon became the logical follow-up in his path as a human rights and social impact filmmaker.