Human Rights Competition

Hotel Sahara – The Search for Paradise / Hotel Sahara – Die Suche nach dem Paradies

Year
2008
Country
Germany
Duration
86’
Director
Bettina Haasen

“Hotel Sahara” is a metaphor for the transition of migrants who left their old life behind and who haven't reached what they have been dreaming of. The focus of the film is Nouhadibou, or Hotel Sahara in Mauretania, a transit location where thousands of immigrants are on their way to Europe. Travelers from Sub-Saharan countries arrive in this melting pot, which has been a platform of human traffic for centuries. Located in the past and the future, this film offers an intimate inside look into this place of waiting, of hope, of unfulfilled dreams, of invented and true stories, and of double identities.

Production
Christian Beetz, Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion Koeln GmbH & Co. KG, Im Mediapark 6a, 50670 Koeln, Germany, +49-30-695669-10, +49-30-695669-15, n.pastucha@gebrueder-beetz.de , info@gebrueder-beetz.de , www.gebrueder-beetz.de
Sales
Deckert Distribution GmbH, Marienplatz 1, 04103 Leipzig, Germany, +49 (0)341 215 66 38, +49 (0)341 215 66 39, info@deckert-distribution.com , www.deckert-distribution.com
Director
Bettina Haasen

Bettina Haasen was born in 1969. She studied African Languages and Political Sciences in Hamburg and Paris. In 1997, during her work as a producer for the documentary production company EGOLI Films in Berlin, she started working on her own film projects. In 2001 she decided to live and work in Niger, Africa. In 2004 she returned to Germany.

Filmography

Between Two Worlds (2000), A Love Apart (2005), Shadows of the Desert (2006), Irene Dische – My Life (2007), Berlin 24h (2008), Hotel Sahara (2008)

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