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PART OF THE 2019 FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL UK
In the Roya Valley between France and Italy, thousands of migrants try to cross the border each month in search of a better life. Cédric Herrou, a local farmer, has been welcoming migrants at his home since the beginning of the crisis, turning his backyard into a much-needed shelter.
With the help of friends and volunteers, he challenges French immigration policies which make it impossible for these families to set foot on French soil and seek asylum. Filmed over two years by documentary filmmaker Michel Toesca in an area that is just a train ride away from the glitz and glamour of Cannes, Herrou emerges as an everyday hero who will do anything to help the immigrants, even risking his own freedom.
The film will be introduced by Dr Beatrice Ivey (French Studies, University of Stirling) and followed by a short roundtable with members of Refuweegees and Forth Valley Welcome, two organisations that support refugees in Scotland.