Paul, former law student from Cameroon, has just completed a hellish trip across the Sahara when he meets German filmmaker Jakob in a makeshift tent camp in Morocco. This marks the beginning of an exceptional friendship and the start of a poignant story about the even more arduous trip ahead of Paul: crossing over to Europe. For over years already, he has been waiting for a chance, partly due to a lack of money. And even though he is aware of all the stories about refugees dying at sea, turning back is no longer an option.
At first, Jakob follows Paul at a respectful distance. But the closer his subject comes to his dream objective of reaching Fortress Europe, the harder it is for Jakob to maintain his role as observer. The result is a gripping film about physical and imaginary boundaries, hope and fear, and the current state of Europe.

International title
When Paul Came over the Sea
Filmmaker
Jakob Preuss
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Germany
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
French, German
Producer
Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Production Company
Weydemann Bros. GmbH
Sales
Weydemann Bros. GmbH
Writer
Jakob Preuss
Cinematography
Juan Sarmiento G.
Editor
Franziska von Berlepsch, Karoline Vielemeyer
Sound Design
Niklas Kammertöns