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Idrissa, Chronicle of an Ordinary Death

Feature documentary | 94' | 2019 | Spain

Directed by: Xavier Artigas & Xapo Ortega
Produced by: Polar Star Films & Metromuster
With the support of ICEC, ICAA, MEDIA Europe, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and TV3.


This documentary is an exercise in truth and reparation; it’s as close as we could get to justice for the umpteenth victim of institutionalised European racism. This is the chronicle of an ordinary death. But most of all, it is a portrayal of Idrissa’s journey home. 

In dismissing the case of Idrissa Diallo and by blocking all access to his police file, the Spanish Legal System has made it nearly impossible to investigate why and how it was possible for a 21-year-old Guinean man to die in a migrant detention centre in Barcelona. The Spanish state never bothered to inform Idrissa’s family about the passing of their beloved one and Idrissa was buried in an anonymous niche in Barcelona. Without having as much as a single photograph of the victim, the film crew of “Idrissa, Chronicle of an Ordinary Death” set out on a quest for justice, and to perform the moral duty that the Spanish State had shirked; to find Idrissa's body, find his family and find out what happened that night in a cell of the controversial detention centre.