One Way Ticket to The New World

On April the 28th, 2004, Hassan and Fatouma, members of Somali Bantu tribe and their two children, arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah. For 13 years, they had survived in refugee camps in Kenya. And then one day, America decided to welcome them.

In 2003 the Somali Bantus’ were designated a people in danger of extinction, and 13,000 were put on the priority list of the US State Department. All received a visa to immigrate to the United States.

Through 10 years of their stay, we followed the life of one of those families that made the trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. Their life in the refugee camps, their training in Western lifestyle before the trip, their first steps on the promised land and ten years later, their integration into American society.

This film keeps track of a family facing a unique experience of voluntary migration. Through Hassan and his family, we see people immerse themselves in a very remote western culture, far away from their own traditions.


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 51 mins
  • Production: Babel Press and Elephant & CIE
  • Director: Manon Loizeau
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France