Escaping Eritrea (2021)


Escaping Eritrea is a 2021 English documentary episode produced and directed by Evan Williams. The co-producers are Daffodil Altan, Priyanka Boghani, Daniel Edge, Max Green, Erika Howard, Michelle Mizner and Evan Williams.

The real footage was taken by Michael, who was also a refugee from Eritrea who moved to Europe. He put the camera in a jacket pocket with a hole and began filming what was going on around him.


An unprecedented undercover investigation into one of the world’s most repressive regimes – Eritrea. Exclusive secret footage and testimony shed new light on shocking allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and indefinite forced conscription.

The documentary based on the refugee crisis between 2015 and 2016 occurred across the Mediterranean where large groups coming across into Europe from Eritrea. It took five years for the investigations and some secretly documented footage inside a prison also included in the documentary. It made its television premiere on 04 May 2021 on PBS through Frontline in US and later telecast in Channel 4 in the UK.


  • Isias Afwerki … President of Eritrea (archive footage).
  • Priyanka Boghani … Reporter.
  • Sarah Childress … Reporter.
  • Yemane Gebreab … Adviser to president of Eritrea (archive footage).
  • Sheila B. Keetharuth … Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea.
  • Sophie Okonedo … Narrator (voice).
  • Mike Smith … Chair Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (archive footage).
  • Hanna Petros Solomon … Eritrean refugee and activist.
  • Evan Williams … Reporter.
  • Judy Woodruff.
  • Katie Worth … Reporter.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Evan Williams.
  • Producer(s):
    • Daffodil Altan … producer.
    • Raney Aronson … executive producer.
    • Priyanka Boghani … producer.
    • Daniel Edge … producer / senior producer.
    • David Fanning … executive producer.
    • Amy Gains … associate producer.
    • Max Green … producer.
    • Erika Howard … producer.
    • Frank Koughan … senior producer.
    • Eve Lucas … associate producer.
    • Michelle Mizner … producer.
    • Belinda Morrison … head of production.
    • Robin Parmelee … coordinating producer.
    • Evan Williams … producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Nicholas A. Phillips … (as Nick Phillips) (original music by).
    • Nick Phillips.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Deb Holland.
    • Bradley Manning.
  • Production:
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2021) (USA) (TV).
    • Channel 4 (UK) (TV).
  • Release Date: 04 May 2021 (US).
  • Rating: TV-PG.
  • Running Time: 53 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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