Crossing Hell: Anything to get to Europe

This eye-opening film follows two groups of illegal immigrants for a year on their exhausting journey towards their Eldorado; Europe. One is a group of Afghans leaving from Kabul and walking thousands of kilometres through the mountains, sometimes getting lost and being forced to drink from dirty puddles. The other group is from Cameroon and they have already been traveling for 3 years by the time cameras joined them in Libya. They work under slave-like conditions to pay each stage of their voyage and are often beaten and stolen from but it doesn’t put them off.

These two complicated stories, filmed under perilous conditions show an unseen side of these kind of migrants, so often demonised by the Western media. We follow along on the arduous steps in this inhumane journey that so many are willing take despite all the risks; all because they dream of a better life. For the first time we can see what illegal immigrants go through to get to Europe.

The film also contains exclusive footage onboard a boat filled to bursting, going between Zouara in Libya and Italian island Lampedusa where this October more than 350 African migrants died when their boat sank.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Production: Tony Comiti
  • Director: Olivier Azpitarte and Camille Courcy
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • HumanDOC Film Festival (Poland)

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