Leaves of the Horn

A documentary film by Davide Morandini, Matteo Keffer and David Chierchini | 90 min | 2020 | F, D


Abukar is a Somali refugee on a mission to convince the british government to ban khat, an amphetamine plant cultivated in east Africa. Safi is a khat worker from a little town in Ethiopia. His life depends on the khat trade. Abdirisak works in a mental hospital in Somaliland, treating patients who suffer from khat abuse. Khalif is a poet living in one of the world’s largest refugee camps, with little hope of an escape. Leaves of the Horn tells of their stories while delving into the traffic of khat, a narcotic trade that has boomed and thrived since the end of the Cold War.


Screenplay: Davide Morandini

Director: Davide Morandini, Matteo Keffer und David Chierchini

Camera: Matteo Keffer

Sound: David Chierchini

Editing: Henk Drees

Producers: Jean-Michel Carré, Sallah-Edine Ben Jamaa, Fabio Lucchini,

Commissioning editor: Barbara Schmitz, Sabine Rollberg, WDR/ARTE


In coproduktion with Les Films Grain de Sable, Paris and WDR.
In collaboration with ARTE.
Production funded by: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, CNC, MEDIA, PROCIREP

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