A documentary film directed by Adeline GONIN

Expected duration : around 52′


  • Synopsis
    A 300 sq. feet room in a home for migrant workers in the city of Saint-Denis, France. Boubou lives there with his cousin and two of his brothers.
    Among all these residents, I rediscover the atmosphere of the migrant’s home I used to go to, when I was a little girl. Around a cup of tea or a meal, we share stories and news about the country back home, about work, about the struggles for the rights.
    Boubou has managed to turn his room into a haven of peace in a french society that makes life difficult for migrants. But disheartenment grows day by day…
    If Boubou gives up, who will pursue this space of solidarity ?
    Will the home of my childhood disappear forever?

  • Biofilmography
    Adeline Gonin , 38 y. o.
    After studying sociology and anthropology in cinema, Adeline Gonin has worked these past years with residents of migrant workers homes. In 2009, she created the « Cinéma des Foyers » Film Festival with the activist and cultural association « Attention Chantier ». In 2011, after releasing her first self-produced short film, she worked with the « Ateliers Varan » Film School where she directed Papa Ben, a portrait of a Parisian ragpicker (2012 – 14′). The documentary was screened at the 2012 FIFE International Student Film Festival. In 2014, she completed her first major film, Barakeden, les petits bonnes de Bamako (2015 – 57′). Distributed by L’ Echangeur, the film was selected by 40 festivals, broadcast by TV5 Monde Afrique and african channels, as well as a national film tour in Bamako and around Mali (20 screenings). Adeline is still leading several video workshops in Paris and Ile-de-France region, as well as at the Nanterre detention center and in the migrant worker’s home of Saint-Denis. She has been working on the documentary film project Foyer, doux foyer since 2016.


Expected duration : 52 minutes
Shooting format : HD Color 16/9 – 2.0 sound
Dialogues : French, Soninke
Versions : French, English

Written and directed by Adeline Gonin
Editing : Saskia Berthod
Production: Julien Fiorentino


• Development support, CNC « Images de la diversité », 2017
• Support for research granted by the City of Saint-Denis, 2017
• Scriptwriting Training Residence, supported by Île-de-France Region
in partnership with the National Museum of Immigration History
in Villa Belleville (Municipality of Paris art space creation), 2017
• « Rencontres d’août », « Etats généraux du film documentaire », Lussas 2016
• « Résidence d’écriture », Documentary Film School, Ardèche Images 2015

Broadcasting partner : TV Montreuil Est Parisien (TVMESTP)

A documentary film produced by L’Echangeur (France)

Production Contact:
L’ECHANGEUR : 134, rue Saint Maur – 75011 Paris – France
@ lechangeur@gmail.com