Hotel Sahara

Hotel Sahara is a metaphor for transition of migrants who left their old life behind and who haven’t reached what they have been dreaming of. The focus of the film is Nouhadibou, or Hotel Sahara in Mauritania, a transit location thousands of immigrants on their way to Europe. Travelers from Sub-Saharian countries arrive in this melting pot which has been a platform of human traffic for centuries. Located between the past and the future, this film offers an intimate inside look into this place of waiting, of hope, of unfulfilled dreams, of invented and true stories, of double identities.



Country of Production

Year of Production

35 mm, Digi Beta Pal

52 / 85 min

Bettina Haasen

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion in co-production with ZDF / Arte, YLE

Original Language
Hassaniya, French, English, Igbo

English, French, German

Festivals / Awards

Nominated for Doc Alliance Award 2009
DOK Leipzig 2008
Vision du Réel Nyon 2009
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2009
FESPACO Ouagadougou 2009
achtung berlin 2009 (Honorable Mention)
IFFF Dortmund | Cologne 2009
Ecrans Noirs – Film Festival Yaoundé 2009
Huesca IFF 2009
La Maison des Cineastes 2009
Jihlava IDF 2009
cph:dox Copenhagen 2009
Margarete Mead FVF New York 2009
Starz Denver FF 2009