The New Waves Non fiction


Alejandro Salgado | Spain | 2019 | 73 min.
O.V in Arabic subtitled in English and Spanish

In Arabic, the word barzaj means something like limbo, the intermediate state between two things. In the Koran, it is the interval between death and the day of final judgment. In the limbo of a night that seems eternal, in front of an uncertain maritime horizon, a group of young people - those designated as "MENAS" - wait in Melilla for the moment to reach Europe. A collection of moments electrified by hope and the dead times (between nostalgia and the future) of young people with an indomitable freedom to whom the Sevillian Alejandro Salgado (Bolingo, The Forest of Love) portrays in a rare mixture of truth and poetry.

Direction: Alejandro Salgado
Cinematography: Sergio Caro
Editing: David G.López, Alejandro G. Salgado
Sound: Alonso Velasco, Rafa Martínez
Production: Irene Hens, David García López
Productora Production Company: La Maleta Films


Alejandro Salgado (1982, Los Palacios, Seville) has two Bachelors, one in Audiovisual Communication and one in Art History from the University of Seville. In 2010 he receives the INJUVE Award for Visual Arts. In 2013 he directed the short documentary El desorden de los sentidos for which he picks the ASECAN Award for Best Documentary Short Film up, among others. Since 2014, he is partner and co-founder on the production company La Maleta Films. At the same time, he writes and directs for different audiovisual formats. In 2016 he directed the documentary film Bolingo. The Forest of Love, premiered in the Official Section of the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), putting together several national and international awards. Barzaj is his latest film.