Arlit, deuxième Paris

Arlit, the Second Paris
by Idrissou Mora Kpai Documentary Francia, Benin 2005 78'

The elderly Issa comes back to Arlit to visit his son and his old friends. The director follows him in his journey, discovering with us this town on the edge of the desert. Founded in the seventies, because of its uranium mines, it attracted immigrants from all Africa. Today, after the Tuareg rebellion and the closing of the mines, Arlit is almost like a ghost town; it is now a refuge for its old inhabitants and a point of transit for illegal immigrants travelling to Algeria and Europe. It is a documetary that makes us linger, together with the old and new protagonists, between the memories of a distant past and the present time, full of pollution and emigrants' dreams.


Idrissou Mora Kpai


Francia, Benin

Film submission

26° Festival


05 June - 11 June 2023

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