„Finally somebody gives another point of view to a topic that had been so much in the news like immigration to Europe. The curiosity of Melanie and her very personal storytelling made it a very remarkable film.“
Raul Nino Zambrano, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017


Frustrated by a corrupt system, Yves leaves his home in Cameroon to try his fortune in Europe. But to get there is more difficult than expected. Yves has been on the road for eight years – and is close to failing. Back home are the people who mean the most to him: his sister Annie, who has been holding the family together since Yves left, his little brother, waiting for Yves to take him to Europe, and his father, who expects him to lead the family to a better life. A film about family, the dream of Europe and the impossibility of giving up.


A documentary by Melanie Gärtner


© 2017 m-eilenweit & stoked film, 79 min

distributed by JIP film & verleih


20. Juli 2019 20:00h Internationales Filmfestival Ladenburg, Domhof

12. August 2019 20:00, Montagskino Mauerwerk in Herrenberg

2. September 2019 18:00h in Langen, Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019 Kino Langen

11. September 2019 20:00h in Bad Oldesloe, im OHO Kinocenter

17. September 2019 20:15h in Gelnhausen Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019 Kino Geldhausen

18. September 2019 20:30h in Mühlheim Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019 in Das Schanz

23. September 2019 19:00h in Pfungstadt Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019  Kino Pfungstadt

24. September 2019 19:30h in Heidelberg Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019 Karlstorkino

25. September 2019 19:30h in Regensburg Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019, Filmgalerie – Kino im Leeren Beutel

26. September 2019 20:15h in Wiesbaden, Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019, Murnau-Filmtheater

27. September 2019 19:00h in Leipzig, Film & Filmgespräch Interkulturelle Woche 2019 Luru Kino in der Spinnerei

29. September 2019 17:00h in Ochsenfurt, mit dem Enheimer Runder Tisch Integration im Casablance Kino

More screenings are coming soon!


Melanie Gärtner studied anthropology, literature an journalism in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. Since 2010 she acts under the label of m-eilenweit as freelance filmmaker and author. One of her main topics is migration, especially from Africa.

Her first work, the documentary “The Land in Between”, has been honoured several times. In addition tot he film she released the book “Grenzen am Horizont”, reports about the protagonists’ backstories of her film. “Yves’ Promise” is her first full-length documentary.


written and directed
Melanie Gärtner

director of cinematography
Pola Sell, Melanie Gärtner

Roger Mboupda, Romeo Zaf

Christine Niehoff, Mirja Gerle

Ludwig Kuckartz

Siriki Coulibaly

Serge Alain Nanfang Ouanko

Sebastian Popp, Robert Malzahn

service production Cameroon
Eloi Bela Ndzana

production assistent
Romeo Zaf

color grading
Tilman Friz

re-recording mixer
Bernhard Leimbrock

sound editor
Max Wanko, Bernhard Leimbrock

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