The project of the documentary “Mañana Inshallah” was born in September 2014, from the idea of three friends who wanted to try to give a different look into the current and dramatic topic of migration. We were particularly interested in observing the impact of both the Spanish and the European immigration policies in the city of Melilla.
The original idea was to shoot the full documentary in Morocco, a buffer country between Africa and Europe and the only land border between the European Union and Africa. However, the complexity of the situation forced us to change our plan. We had to give up the shootings in Morocco due to repeated pressure from the Moroccan authorities, as spreading information about this topic is severely censored in this country. Morocco, besides being a place where aggressions on migrants and asylum seekers are a daily issue, both from the civilian population and the police, is also one of the most funded countries by the European Union in order to control the migration flows. This way, the EU relies on the Alawite kingdom for the dirty work of the containment, preserving its image as protector of human rights.
Unable to carry out our work in Morocco, we decided to focus on the situation in Melilla, another place of suffering and oppression. Over the time we realized that this choice was not “less important”, since the horrors perpetrated in Melilla, an European but not European city, where the same important to tell.
The Spanish enclave of Melilla, together with Ceuta, is certainly an extremely symbolic place, being the only land border between Africa and Europe. Surrounded by highly militarized walls, these two Spanish enclaves define not only the border between Spain and Morocco, but also the one between Europe and Africa, Christianity and Islam, EU territory and non-EU territory, the rich North and the marginal South, former colonizers and former colonies.
But Melilla is not just an emigration spot for sub-Saharan Africa; it is an open-air prison, a daily battlefield, a limbo, inside and outside the European Union, where human rights are just a distant memory. What we observed during these three months in Melilla shocked us like no other previous experience. Maybe because (in)consciously we really believed in the European “democracy”, maybe because it is difficult to imagine so much suffering in a land that we seem to known almost like home. Or maybe because we live in the illusion that there is a limit to such abuses and that this limit is marked by a thin red line, called border.
With our documentary we aim to show another face of reality, often manipulated and trivialized by the media, and to remind the complexity of each individual story that is hidden behind the word “immigration”.
This is a non profit project, and any possible incomings will be donated to those who are daily fighting for their life in such places.