My New European Life

Ma Nouvelle Vie Européenne

DIRECTOR(S): Abou Bakar Sidibé;, Moritz Siebert   COUNTRIES: Germany, Tunisia   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGE(S): French, English   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 22 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Sunday, 06.10., 9.30 pm, kinoeins


When Abou from Mali made it to Europe, it felt like a new life had started for him. A life with a future. But while his film about his voyage to Europe is shown all over the world, he lives isolated in a refugee home. An essayistic reflection about Europe’s invisible borders and filmmaking as an act of self-empowerment. (Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen)


Abou Bakar Sidibé from Mali was born in 1985. After completing a university degree in English, he worked as a teacher, construction worker, market carrier and lecturer. His first film, Those Who Jump, premiered at Berlinale Forum 2016 and was shown at almost 200 festivals winning more than 25 awards. Sidibé currently lives in Berlin, Germany where he continues to make films and studies to become a preschool teacher.


Les Sauteurs – Those Who Jump (2016), ma nouvelle vie européenne (2019)


After studying medicine and European Ethnology in Berlin, Moritz Siebert worked as a doctor. He then went back to school and received a Master’s degree in documentary direction at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK. For the last 15 years, Siebert’s cinematic work has evolved around migration and global relations. He is not only interested in the point of view of those who decide to leave their country and migrate to another place, but also in the relationships between them and the foreign societies they encounter when they arrive. His last work, Those Who Jump, a cooperation with Abou Bakar Sidibé and Estephan Wagner, won the prize of the ecumenical jury at the Berlinale 2016 and was nominated for the Danish Film Prize.


Erntehelfer (2013), Les Sauteurs – Those Who Jump (2016), ma nouvelle vie européenne (2019)

SCRIPT: Abou Bakar Sidibé;, Moritz Siebert   PRODUCER: Moritz Siebert   CAMERA: Abou Bakar Sidibé   EDITOR: Cora Czarnecki  

PRODUCTION: Moritz Siebert, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, siebertfilms   WORLD SALES: Moritz Siebert   GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.