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No U-Turn

Documentary 1h 34m 2022

In-Cinema experience
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.

  • Tuesday May 24, 6:15 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
  • Wednesday May 25, 9:00 PM, IFC Center

Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions available in English. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions. Audio Described version of this film is available by purchasing the version titled: “Audio Described Version: No U-Turn” on this festival platform (HERE)

As a young man, celebrated Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue left Nigeria taking the route via Benin, Mali, and Mauritania to Morocco where he was forced to turn back, unable to reach Europe. In his first documentary, No U-Turn, he retraces the life-changing journey he made over 20 years ago. Along the way, he meets those who are taking the same trip and, through conversations with them, tries to understand what motivates young people today to expose themselves to the dangers of a passage into an uncertain future. Most are aware of the dangers of traveling undocumented by road, yet more and more are joining the ranks of those who take this risk, despite widely circulated images and terrifying testimonies found online of people that have been lured into slavery and bondage. Overlaid with a powerful poetic commentary, this self-reflective travelogue hints at the deep longing of an entire generation for a better life.

Special Mention, Documentary Award, Berlinale 2022

No U-Turn is a strong documentary that provides answers to questions around the motivations for migrating and experiences on the journey.” - Anietie Ewang, Researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

“Why is it unrealistic to dream of a comfortable life in a continent of abundant resources?” - Ike Nnaebue, Director, No U-Turn

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Ike Nnaebue


Okechukwu Omeire


Don Edkins


Tiny Mungwe


English, Igbo, French, Nigerian Pidgin