Made for Walking

director: hélène baillot & raphaël Botiveau
17 minutes | France

Somewhere in Italy, among the mountains, not far from the border with France, a pair of discount sports store boots is put on by a man from West Africa. Once he wears them, he will undertake the night-time crossing of the border, in Montgenèvre, the oldest French winter sports resort. Bought in Turin by Italians committed to the cause of migrants, these boots have been worn by hundreds of black men before him. Brought back to Italy by committed French people, they will be used by many others after him. Passed on from hand to hand, from hand to foot, and from foot to hand, the circular path of the boots unveils a mountain territory on the borders of France and Italy, where exchange and solidarity connections are tied in the harshness of winter.


Production: Films de Force Majeure

Distribution: Tangente distribution

Release: 2020




La Région Sud, CNC, Fonds Images de la Diversité – CGET, Image/mouvement du Centre national des arts plastiques, Ville de Marseille, PROCIREP, ANGOA

In partnership with Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Catalogue du Sensible, Centre Norbert Elias – EHESS, Mucem


Written and directed by Hélène Baillot & Raphaël Botiveau
Director of photography Rémi Jennequin
Editing Anne de Mo
DoP Rémi Jennequin & Hélène Baillot Sound Raphaël Botiveau
Sound editing & mix Pierre Armand
Production manager Nora Bertone
Producer Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Technical sheet

Format 16/9
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 17 minutes
Languages French, English, Italian, with french or english subtitles
Release 2020


Tous les festivals auxquels Films de Force Majeure à participé en 2021

International Film Festival Signs of Night – Bangkok, Thailand
High Tatras Film & Video Festival – Slovaquie, Best Mountain Culture Film
High Tatras Film & Video Festival – Slovakia
Exposition Objets Migrateurs Barbara Cassin – France
ForadCamp, Cinema and Nature Exhibition – Chili
Tout Migre Social Science Festival – France
European Competition du 26e International Festival de Contis – France
International Mountaineering Festival – Czech Republic, Best mountain culture award
Kraljevski Filmski Festival – Kraljevo, Serbia
Short Film Festival de Sapporo – Sapporo, Japan
Short Film Festival Maisons-Laffitte and Marly le Roi – France
Vues D’Afrique – Canada
Salem Film Festival – USA
Trento Film Fest – Italy
Movies That Matter Festival – USA
Diaspora Film Festival – Korea

Tous les festivals auxquels Films de Force Majeure à participé en 2020

IDFA International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Netherlands, World Premiere

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