Private Project


What happens to a woman whose dream is to reach Europe by road. Far from their home but not yet arrived Priska and Gift tell us their story.

  • Oueslati Ager
  • Oueslati Ager
  • Ager Oueslati
  • Rosa Luxembourg Fondation
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
    Niger, Tunisia
  • Language:
    English, French
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Director Biography - Oueslati Ager

I grew up like many immigrant children from the 70s-80s in the Parisian suburbs in what I call the Babel Tower. Our families had left their country (Vietnam, Mali, Pakistan, Mauritania, Italy) for different reasons : political or family reasons, war, dictatoreship and/or poverty.
My father fled Bourguiba's Tunisia, boarding on a boat for France from Libya. My mother left the Algeria fot holidays that lasted 25 years without her returning to Algeria. They meet in Paris, there they got married, gave me life and chose to call me Ager / هاجر which means migration / exile.

In the curse of Life and its adventures, my mother found herself alone with us, her 6 children, whom she raised with the strength of a lioness. A strength, I do find in many women in exile. Her life inspired mine, my commitments and my professional choices.

I started photography (film black and white) at the age of 8, which gently led me to images and journalism. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme Pro Lille-Montpellier, in alternation with France 3 National, I realized a first Tv work on the women in the camp of Calais "The jungle of the women". This Tv documentary allowed me at first to understand that the way to approach images and story in television did not suit me.
Then my meetings with the migrants in Calais, developed in me the desire to go on the road. An idea which slowly matured, when I moved to Tunis and Algiers. I realized then the difficulties that sub-Saharans faced on the lands of my ancestors even before the camps in Europe.

Today, I continue to work as a freelance journalist and dedicate myself a little more each day to documentary cinema, which corresponds more to me. Documentary is the form I want to use to tell stories and meet people.

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Director Statement

This film is essential for me and I’d also like it to bear the mutation mark that Africa is experiencing, between the desire for emancipation of tradition and preservation of ancestral rites.

Exile of these women is a revolution in itself, in the African world. Gift and Jenny, two women for whom we have all traced, whose fate is linked to the family honor through their traditional submission, dare to "go" despite the "what will we say". But this little revolution has a price.

In 2016 I met in Tunisia Priska, a woman who had been a trafficking victim. A few weeks after our meeting she died in the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe. Shocked by her disappearance, I took a few months to immerse myself in the images I had made of her.

When I did it, I fell back on the Priska interview:
"You have to make this film so that no woman chooses to leave without knowing what will happen to her".
It was while listening to this interview that my will to make this documentary was reinforced. She had agreed to tell me her story to warn other women, potential clients of illegal migration, about the road dangers.
I meet Gift in Agadez, north of Niger, she is a Nigerian woman and she was a victim sexual trafficking.

Trajectories of these clandestine migrants are constantly confronted with violence: rape, domestic or sexual trafficking and prostitution, with a perpetual risk of death.

Today, I am investing in this mission and want to bear their voice.

Very few documentaries on the issue of women's exile have been made under the pretext of giving them the floor to tell us from the inside the pains of their singular stories.