SAT 21.07.
8 pm

D 2017 · 79 Min. · Dokumentary
Director Melanie Gärtner
Language German with ger. SUB

Frustrated by a corrupt system, Yves leaves his home in Cameroon to try his fortune in Europe. But to get there is more difficult than expected. Yves has been on the road for eight years – and is close to failing. Back home are the people who mean the most to him: his sister Annie, who has been holding the family together since Yves left, his little brother, waiting for Yves to take him to Europe, and his father, who expects him to lead the family to a better life. A film about family, the dream of Europe and the impossibility of giving up.

Melanie Gärtner

Melanie Gärtner

Director of photography
Pola Sell, Melanie Gärtner

Christine Niehoff, Mirja Gerle

Ludwig Kuckartz, Siriki Coulibaly

Sound design
Roger Mboupda, Romeo Zaf


Sebastian Popp, Robert Malzahn

m-eilenweit & stoked film

Biografie der Regisseurin

Melanie Gärtner studied anthropology, literature an journalism in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. Since 2010 she acts under the label of m-eilenweit as freelance filmmaker and author. One of her main topics is migration, especially from Africa. Her first work, the documentary THE LAND IN BETWEEN, has been honoured several times. YVE’S PROMISE is her first full-length documentary which opens up yet another perspective on what it means to leave one’s home and family.

Filmografie der Regisseurin

  • Yves’ Versprechen – 70 min – 2017 – (Screenplay, Director) – First Appereance Competition IDFA 2017
  • Malaysia for me is … – 15 min – 2016 – (Director, Camera),
  • Just Another Chinese Guy – 20 min – 2015 – (Director, Camera)
  • Im Land Dazwischen – 2012 – 60 min – (Regie, Kamera) Nomination Deutscher Menschenrechtsfilmpreis 2012, 1st Prize LICHTER Filmfest 2013, Audience Award GRENZLAND Filmtage Selb 2013, Popp & Bergmann Young Talent Award 2014
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