Catalogue Impact Days
De Kseniya Halubovich

I Made a Mistake Coming Here

Я зрабіў памылку, прыйшоўшы сюды
Я зрабіў памылку, прыйшоўшы сюды
Image du film I Made a Mistake Coming Here - FIFDH 2024

Novembre 2021, Biélorussie. Des milliers de personnes du Moyen-Orient sont venues dans l’espoir de franchir la frontière de l’Union européenne. Alexandre Loukachenko, le dirigeant du pays, les a « invités » afin de créer une crise migratoire aux frontières de l’UE. Une famille kurde décide de ne pas risquer sa vie et demande l’asile politique en Europe, aidée par trois volontaires biélorusses. Ces jeunes femmes – une entrepreneuse, une géologue et une journaliste – font tout pour améliorer la vie de la famille et risquent leur propre sécurité pour les soutenir. Alors qu’elles discutent ensemble de l’amour filial, de la patrie, de la culture et de l’espoir de liberté, les arrestations arbitraires deviennent quotidiennes en Biélorussie et les trois femmes sont elles aussi contraintes d’envisager l’exil.

Section : Impact Days
Pays : Bélarus, Ukraine, Pologne
Langues originales : russe, biélorusse, anglais, arabe, kurde
Réalisation
Kseniya Halubovich (Bélarus)
Production
Daniel Schneider (Suisse)
Louis Beaudemont (France)
Esther van Messel (Suisse)
First Hand Films
Les Steppes Productions
Durée
80'’
Statut de production
Dernière phase de développement
Finalisé en
Janvier 2025
Impact Statement
This is a film about exiled people and the state's violence against them. It's also a film about Belarus, a country whose dictatorship is gradually sinking into a totalitarianism that the international community has yet to grasp. It’s a tribute to the migrants of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is also a tool to highlight the cynical position of the leaders of dictatorships and also democratic states towards refugees, who are used as geopolitical weapons.

We want this film to contribute to holding accountable the Belarusian government for its demeaning and oppressive actions against asylum seekers and its own people.
Impact Goals
  1. Supporting Aziz’s family case to help them settle down in good conditions - it could pave the way for other migrants stuck in Belarus.
  2. To reveal the cynical strategy of political leaders who create or maintain a “migrant crisis” that has led to the death and displacement of thousands.
  3. Changing the ideas we have on ‘migration’ to ‘forced migration’, to highlight how it affects people on different levels.
  4. To reveal how the map of forced migrations has changed quickly over the last five years (Ukraine, Belarus, Asia).
Impact Strategy
  • Media campaign (gathering a coalition of journalists we can trust and that have already investigated migrants' rights worldwide) to raise awareness on the situation of Middle Eastern forced migrants in Belarus, and of Belarusian forced migrants in Europe. And to show how States use migration for geopolitical and internal political purposes.
  • Involve decision makers to raise the question of human trafficking created by the Belarusian government and to find tools to help forced migrants like Aziz's family.
  • Involve lawyers to consider what kind of prosecution can be launched against the government.
  • Support Aziz's family's legal situation and consider the security of the film crew and characters during the impact campaign and film distribution.
Contact
Contact principal
Louis Beaudemont (France): l.beaudemont@les-steppes.com

Organisations
Amnesty International
Reporters Without Borders – In talks

Funders
IMS – International Media Support – In talks

Organisations
Amnesty International
Reporters Without Borders – In talks

Funders
IMS – International Media Support – In talks