Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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Barcelona or Die

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Madou, a Senegalese fisherman, risks his life on an illegal boat to Europe.

Barcelona or Die

Thiaroye, Senegal was once a peaceful fishing village. But now, it's a prime location from which illegal boats to Europe departure. Most fishermen want to leave, as there isn't even enough fish left to feed the families.

Modou is thirty and has twice attempted the perilous journey to Europe. Each time, he nearly lost his life but he's determined to try his luck again. And the next generation is ready to follow.

Talla, Modou's cousin is an English teacher who has chosen to stay in Senegal to work for the development of his country. He tries to make his students aware of the dangers of crossing and the importance of staying in Senegal, despite the fact that most of them have lost all hope in the future of the country.

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** Best Documentary and Best Human Rights Film, United Nations Refugee Commission of Belgium
** Best Film, Corsicadoc Documentary Film Festival
** Best Film, Millenium Film Festival Brussels
** Best Documentary, Paris Afro-Caribbean Film Festival
** Louis Marcorelles Award, Cinema du reel Film Festival
** Youth Award, Geneva Human Rights International Film Festival
**Official Selection, Madrid Film Festival
** Official Selection, Sheffield Film Festival
** Official Selection, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
** Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, The Museum of Modern Art


Main credits

Guiro, Idrissa (film director)
Guiro, Idrissa (cinematographer)
Bortot, Valentine (film producer)
Sowié, Moussa (narrator)

Other credits

Montage, Thomas Lallier, Idrissa Guiro; musique originale, Alice Perret.

Distributor credits

A film by Idrissa Guiro

Docuseek2 subjects

Human Rights
Youth Issues
Business Ethics
Immigration and Refugees
African Studies

Distributor subjects

Human Rights
Streaming only
Youth Issues


refugee; senegal; barcelona; illegal; immigration; "Barcelona or Die"; Icarus Films

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