Against a factory backdrop, a refugee sums up the global immigration crisis in his wrenching words.

Share on Facebook

Against a factory backdrop, a refugee sums up the global immigration crisis in his wrenching words.

20-year-old Cyrille Kabore was a young refugee in Ghana when director Fabio Palmieri met him in a park in Milan, Italy.

Cyrille was one of the over 400,000 people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who try to enter Europe, desperate to escape grinding poverty, economic turmoil and political upheaval.

Fabio was so struck by the refugee’s harrowing journey across land and sea that he wanted to make a film about Cyrille. But Cyrille didn’t want his image to be seen onscreen — he was afraid his family would see how desperate he was.

So Fabio hit upon a striking visual to accompany Cyrille’s voice — images from a mannequin factory, which both emphasize and play against the dehumanization and depersonalization Cyrille has gone through.

This award-winning short documentary explores the plight of immigrants and refugees in its profile of Cyrille, offering an emotional, compassionate take on what’s often flattened as a news story.

But with its powerful visuals juxtaposed with Cyrille’s intelligent, emotional narration, “Irregulars” is also a powerful artistic statement about empathy, understanding and suffering.

Heartbreaking at 6:25…

You Might Also Like:

A lonely woman shares a cab with a handsome stranger… and it changes her life forever.

A WW1 soldier is trapped in a trench with the enemy… and it restores their faith in humanity.

A nerd tries to solve a gang murder to protect his crush. But then, he discovers the shocking truth.

A janitor’s son is bullied by rich kids. So his dad stands up for him in the most heartwarming way.

A voice actor is asked to speak like he’s seen a lion. And the result is absolutely brilliant.

A nervous boy stutters trying to talk to his crush. So he gets creative with a tape recorder.

Join over 2.7 million subscribers!

Sign up to our daily e-mail and be the first to get notified of
new stories. No spam, ever. Read more.

Omeleto tells stories that connect us.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best stories delivered to your inbox.