‘Alganesh’: From Horror to Hope

Giancarlo Pani SJ

 Giancarlo Pani SJ / Church Life / 18 April 2019

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Before the landings, which appear daily in the newspapers and the media, and the tragedies at sea, what happens to the refugees and displaced persons who cross the desert? The film Alganesh: Hope on the Horizon,[1] by the team of directors, Lia and Marianna Beltrami, answers this question. Lia and Marianna are a mother-and-daughter team and part of the group Women for Peace in Jerusalem. Lia won the Golden Lion for Peace Award in 2017.

The documentary received a special mention at the last Siloe Film Festival, in the following terms: “It witnesses with power and brightness to one of the saddest and most unappreciated chapters in the current migration phenomenon: the route and abuse suffered by Eritreans between Ethiopia and Sinai. In the realism of the tragedy, Alganesh finds traces of hope.”[2] Ethiopia has always been a welcoming land, but today it hosts more than one million refugees, coming from South Sudan, Somalia and Congo, while those from Eritrea number around 100,000.

The film presents an interview with Alganesh Fessaha, an Italian educated, Eritrean doctor.

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