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“To look for a better future than the one I was doomed to in the refugee camps”. First setting foot in France in 2019, Ali thinks back on his journey as a stateless person with emotion. From the Saharoui refugee camp, near the small town of Tindouf, south of Algeria, to Paris where he settled to carry on his studies. After studying Anglo-Saxon’s culture in Alger, he’s received in the journalism curriculum of a Parisian university. It’s the Graal.
Ali is especially sensible to others, their stories : journalism and culture allow him to satisfy this specificity of his ; historical literature and independent cinema particularly. With a smirk on his face, he narrates his last years, where books of Amin Maalouf, who had slowly become his French learning fellow. From this author, he consumes every word of every page, could talk about it for hours on… It’s with the same kind of passion and willingness, that he runs every so often, so that no negative energy can ever catch up to him - and he keeps running closer and closer to that future he hopes for.
Written by Sarah Lavoine