Als Paul über das Meer kam
Jakob, the filmmaker, follows Cameroon refugee Paul on his risky trip to and across Europe. Going through different political as well as mental borders, this journey dramatically affects both of them. An absolutely genuine, unbiased and unpredictable adventure film about unusual connections in an agitated political context.
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.