For years, the stories of West African migrants have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists wanting to highlight the plight of those forced to flee from their homes. Through REVENIR, now there is a story told from the inside.

Part road-trip, part memoir, part journalistic investigation, REVENIR follows Kumut Imesh, a refugee from the Ivory Coast currently living in France, as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the journey that he himself took when forced to flee civil war in his country … But this time with a camera in his hand.

Traveling alone, Kumut will be documenting his own journey; both as the main protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, collaborating with independent filmmaker David Fedele to provide a unique and much-needed perspective on the complicated and complex issues surrounding migration and freedom of movement.

Ultimately a film about making a film, REVENIR is not a story of revenge, nor of redemption. What is revealed through Kumut’s camera, and the stories he brings back are raw, honest and intimate, while at the same time revealing the human struggle for freedom and dignity on one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world.


Pendant des années, les récits des migrants d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont été racontées à travers les yeux de journalistes étrangers qui mettaient en avant la détresse de ceux devant fuir leur pays. Avec REVENIR, il y a maintenant une histoire racontée de l’intérieur.

À la fois un road-trip, une autobiographie et une enquête journalistique, REVENIR suit Kumut Imesh, un réfugié de la Côte d’Ivoire habitant actuellement en France, qui retourne sur le continent africain pour y tenter de retracer le chemin qu’il avait pris lorsqu’il dû fuir la guerre civile de son pays … Mais cette fois, il le fait avec une caméra entre les mains.

Voyageant seul, Kumut documentera son propre voyage sous deux angles : celui du personnage principal devant la caméra, ainsi que celui de la personne derrière la caméra. En collaborant avec le cinéaste indépendant David Fedele, il propose un point de vue unique et indispensable sur la complexité des questions liés à la migration et à la liberté de mouvement.

Finalement un film montrant la réalisation d’un film, REVENIR n’est pas une histoire de revanche, ni de rédemption. La caméra de Kumut et les histoires qu’il nous rapporte révèlent quelque chose de cru, d’honnête et d’intime. Il parvient à montrer l’aspiration humaine à la liberté et à la dignité sur une des routes migratoires les plus dangereuses au monde.


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David Fedele  –  director / producer / editor / sound design

David Fedele is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, born in Australia and now spending most of his time between the European and African continents. He is particularly interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues, and his films have covered such diverse topics as sub-Saharan African migration in Morocco, electronic waste in Ghana, and illegal logging in Papua New Guinea. His films have been broadcast and screened widely around the world, winning numerous prizes.

David’s previous film THE LAND BETWEEN (2014, 78mins) was awarded “Best Feature-length Documentary” at the FIFE International Environmental Film Festival in Paris, and has since been broadcast and screened hundreds of times around the world, winning many awards including Naples Human Rights Film Festival (Best Film), Festival of Migrant Film (Best Film) and Lampedusa Infestival (Best Film). It was also screened at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2014, David was selected to participate at Berlinale Talents as part of Berlin International Film Festival. He was also a jury member at the Cinema Planeta International Environmental Film Festival 2014 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and president of the jury at the SREM International Environmental Film Festival 2015 in Srem, Serbia.

Kumut Imesh  –  co-director / camera / protagonist

Originally from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Kumut was forced to flee civil war in his country in 2004. Seeking a peaceful and safe place to live, he began the long journey across the African continent before finally arriving in Morocco, where he spent 7 years. While in Morocco he worked closely with NGOs and associations working closely with other migrants, providing support and assistance.

In 2013 he met the film director David Fedele in Morocco, and he worked as the translator for the film The Land Between. During this time, Kumut developed a very keen interest in documentary filmmaking, especially the potential to tell stories from an African perspective, and the original idea to make a film retracing his journey across Africa was born.

In 2014 Kumut arrived in Europe, and was granted asylum. He currently lives as a refugee with his wife and small child in France, working as a webmaster. He is also the founder and president of ACSORE (Actions of Solidarity for Refugees), an association in France that works for the social and educational integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

REVENIR is Kumut’s first film.



Written & Directed by

Filmed by

Produced & Edited by


Voice-over recording
BENJAMIN MOREAU (Kawati Studios)

Audio Post-Production & Mastering

Animation & Motion design

Sound design & Mixing

Second camera

Voice-over script support

Additional translation

Website support

Composer: Majid Bekkas
Publisher: SOWAREX
Producer: IGLOO Records

Composer: Tarik Bouabel
Producer: Red Room Records

Performer: Mahmoud Guinia

Co-produced and with special thanks to the 242 people from 35 countries around the world
who contributed to the film’s crowdfunding campaign (under the working title Clandestine Crossing).


Sven-Olof Lindblad & Kristin Hettermann,   Richard & Susie Colless


Ross Doherty,   Michael & Jess Winterburn,   Jane Northey,   Walshe & Whitelock,   Patrick & Juanita Monahan,   (Anonymous x 2)

Adrian Lochland,   Adrian Nigro,   Alessandro Venza,   Alex L Keefe,   Allie Wharf,   Amanda Lacey,   Ambdrets,   Andrew Heath,   Andrew Hinton,
Andy Dalrymple,   Angela Pavesi,   Annie Perkins,   Anonymous (x 31),   Angie Colless,   Anna Wittenborg,   Annette Currey,   Another Thinking Moment,
Anthony Speaight,   Antoine Frere,   Arturo Gaona,   Ashley Read,   Aya Kremp,   Ben Brady,   Bénédicte Romieu,   Beth Haworth-Kaufka,   Bill Pullman,
Blue Mountains Refugee Support,   Brian Ramirez Patiño,   Brian Traynor,   Brigid Linden,   Cait Jones,   Caoimhe Butterfly,   Carina Krause,   Carmel Cloran,
Carmen Nigro & Anthony La Sala,   Carola Pfau,   Catherine Saint-James,   Chips Mackinolty,   Chris King, Chris Monahan,   Christian Von Borries,
Christoph Schwarzenbach,   Citizen of the World,   Clare Fedele & Phil Barcellona,   Claudia Cipriani,   Claudio Von Planta,   Clive Patterson,   Cristel Capucci,
Damien Lewis,   Dan Colless,   Daniel Kenyon,   Daniel Slodowicz,   Daniel Terry,   Dario Sajeva,   Dave Levi,   David Cantero Perez,   David Delzoppo,
Demian,   Diana Hernández,   Dom Otwarty (Poland),   Don Flynn,   Ecofund,   Eleonore Wolters,   Emily & Daniel Mezo,   Emily Webb,   Emma Hutchings,
Etienne Deshormes,   Fanny Villacampa,   Fedele Jewelworks,   Frank & Sheila Fedele,   Fundación Bayt al-Thaqafa,   Gaia Bonetti,   Garry Mcbride,
Gary & Claire Baird,   Giedre Apanaviciute,   Giuseppe Cipriani,   Gosia Winter,   Greg Monahan,   Guy Hume,   Hans-Jörg Heinrich,   Helena Clements,
Heléne Hedberg,   Helena-Ulrike Marambio,   Hervé Belin,   Hiroko Ebihara,   Holly Short,   Igor Unuk,   Isabelle Wahedova,   Jacinta Plucinski,   Jakob Fin,
Jasmine Beth,   Jean-Paul Julliand,   Jean-Philippe Tremblay,   Jessica Winterburn,   Joan O’Callaghan,   Johannes Bühler,   John C. Swanson,   Jose Díez,
Josie & Nick Noviello,   Josja Van Zadelhoff,   Joy Awe,   Joy Marie Butler,   Judith and Frank,   Julian Coco,   Kate Sadler,   Kathie Herbert,   Kelly Waldeck,
Kevin McElvaney,   Kir. Krueger,   Laia Luthi Sole,   Lara Damiani,   Lene Guercke,   Lesley-Anne O’brien,   Lesley Podesta,   Lindy Gander,   Liz & Vince Nigro,
Lizzie Wynn,   Louise Fedele,   Luke Hede,   Luke Paolini & Sara Santalucia,   Luke Sadler,   Lulius-Cezar Macarie,   Lynn & Peter Demaio,   Magali Caillet,
Magdalena Tulaza,   Mandana Mo,   Marc Jongebloed,   Marcus Bernestrom,   Marcus Williams,   Mardi Doherty,   Margaret Rose Widuckel,
María Isolda Perelló Carrascosa,   Maria Spink,   Markus Nord,   Mark Heath,   Mark Vanden Boom,   Matt Wagner,   Maurine Coppens,   Mauro Bucci,
Melinda Hinkson,   Merijn Ryckebusch,   Michael Eva,   Michael Killian,   Michael Schulzebeer,   Mike Clayton,   Milena Vela,   Miriam Edding,
Monique Van Den Boom,   Movin (,   Natalie Doherty,   Natalie Lowrey,   Natalie Rynkiewicz,   Nicholas Bland,   Olivier Pollet,   Omer Tzuk,
Pauline Koch,   Pauline Zapulla,   Passaport / Antoine Cassar,   Pasquale & Pascale Porquier-Fedele,   Pat Mcindoe,   Peter Johnstone,   Peter Robert Cridland,
Philip Parker,   Philippa Baines,   Rachel Jones,   Rashid Bouaissi,   Reagan A Kinman,   Rebecca Garnett,   Rebecca Kenyon,   Robert Swindells,   Rob Fedele,
Rosario La Placa,   Salvo Manzone,   Samantha Riddle,   Sara Patu,   Sarah Russell,   Sean Martin,   Shirley Barnes,   Sienadune Buchanan,   Silvia Rignanese,
Silvia Von Verschuer,   Simon Deeley,   Simon Kamm,   Simon Plucinski,   Simone Delzoppo,   Sophie Samyn,   Stefano Martone,   Steve Hobbs,
Steven Christini,   Sue & John Cahill,   Suna Alan,   Therese Winterburn,   Tim More,   Tomoko Nishizak,   Tony Barcellona,   Tony & Julie Ottobre,
Tony & Mimma Fedele,   Tony Noviello,   Vanessa Barcellona,   Victor Toy,   Viktorija Kos,   Wendy Fedele & Ray Good,   Yamina B,   Zennet Colburn,
Zsenne Artlab Brussels

With support from, and special thanks to

The filmmakers would also like to thank

Abdou Salam Sow,   Anaïs Pichard,   Antoine Vilette,   Benedicte Ogou,   Ben Lane,   Breto,   Camille Denis,   Cécile Allegra,   Cheick Yacoub Sylla,
Claudio Von Planta,   Elsa Tyszler,   GADEM,   Hassan,   Geoffrey Smith,   Giacomo Zandonini,   Hatem Gheribi & Family,   Helena Marambio,   Jean Weil,
Johannes Bühler,   Jonathan Durand,   Jose Luis Díez,   Maëlle Robertson,   Fr Mauro Armanino,   Margaret Mackay, Michael Eva,   Milena Vela,
Mimma Fedele,   Miriam Edding,   Moustapha,   Nordine Fleur,   Pascal Duterme,   Pascale Porquier-Fedele,   Philip Barcellona,   Rebecca Kenyon,
Robert Fedele,   Salvo Manzone,   SCI-Projets Internationaux,   Selim El Bousaadi,   Silvia Rignanese,   Soufian Al Kadaoui,   Tony Fedele,   Zoé Perrin


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