2018, 81mins

For years, the stories of West African migrants and refugees have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Now there is a story from the inside. Part road-trip, part memoir, part journalistic investigation, REVENIR follows Kumut Imesh, a refugee from the Ivory Coast now living in France, as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the same journey that he himself took when forced to flee civil war in his country ... But this time with a camera in his hand.

Traveling alone, Kumut will be documenting his own journey; both as the main protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, revealing the human struggle for freedom and dignity on one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world. A controversial film experiment, a courageous journey and a unique collaboration between filmmaker and refugee; which is not without consequences.

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: David Fedele & Kumut Imesh


 WINNER “Jury Prize” at the Document Human Rights Film Festival 2018 (Glasgow, Scotland)


Official Film Website

+31Mag – “Revenir, dall’Africa occidentale all’Europa con una telecamera in mano” (December 2018, in Italian)

Oktoskop Austrian Television – (December 2018, in English)

Birgun Gazetesi – “Mülteci gözünden mülteciliğin hikâyesi” (November 2018, in Turkish)

Deutsche Welle (DW) Radio Interview – “Kumut Imesh ou le retour d’un migrant irrégulier en Afrique” (September 2018, in French)

Deutsche Welle (DW) – “Documentary lays bare the flight of an African migrant” (September 2018, in English)

Deutsche Welle (DW) – “Mit der Kamera auf der Fluchtroute” (September 2018, in German) – “We blindly think that people will not move to Europe in the future” (July 2018, in Slovenian)

El Pais – “Proezas y despojos del migrante” (January 2018, in Spanish)

Start a conversation

We believe in the power of film to open up opportunities for dialogue and community reflection. We’ve designed post-screening discussion guides for all films, to be used as a starting point for conversations inspired by our Moving Worlds programme