Never Give Up

A Film by Jonathan Schörnig


Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from a rubber boat by a German NGO. Living in Malta now, he is singing again.


  • Picture of Jonathan Schörnig © Uwe Nitschke

    Jonathan Schörnig

    Jonathan Schörnig was born in 1991 in Leipzig. After high school he was engaged in many film and tv productions, for example in „Dessau Dancers“, a film for German cinema. He successfully graduated in 2015 from the Gutenbergschool in Leipzig as media designer for sound and vision. During that time he was involved as a camera man in a wide variety of tv formats. He completed his schooling with the film „Herr Linder und sein Garten“ (in english: „Mr. Linder and his garden“) and won the price FineX, as best film in the competition. Currently he is working on a documentary about five refugees and their experiences, which begun in connection with the short film „Never give up“.

Awards + Festivals

  • 4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2019
  • 6th CROWN HEIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 6th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Bruno, CA, USA)October 24, 2019
    2nd ST NEOTS FILM FESTIVAL - YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saint Neots, United Kingdom)November 6, 2019
  • 9th AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Lagos, Nigeria)November 10, 2019
  • 12th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)November 19, 2019
  • 19th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Competition, Flensburg, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 10th WILLIAMSBURG INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)November 21, 2019
  • 6th TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa, FL, USA)December 5, 2019
  • 21st MADURAI INT'L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madurai, India)December 6, 2019
    4th SOLIDANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)December 20, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • ALWAR INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, Alwar, India)January 4, 2020
  • 33rd STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)January 16, 2020
  • 8th FLATHEAD LAKE INTERNATIONAL CINEMAFEST (Official Selection, Polson, Montana, USA)January 24, 2020
  • 3rd FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE LA PICASA (Official Selection, Cinco Saltos, Argentina)February 5, 2020
  • 5th MEDELLÍN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FESTMEDALLO (Official Selection, Medellín, Colombia)February 13, 2020
  • 22nd ONE WORLD - HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)March 5, 2020
  • 7th RED DIRT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stillwater, OK, USA)March 6, 2020
  • 5th OREGON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wilsonville, OR, USA)March 15, 2020
  • 14th GASPARILLA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa, Florida, USA)March 17, 2020
  • 6th SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio Gallegos, Argentina)April 17, 2020
  • 15th ÉCU - THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)April 24, 2020
  • 21st LANDSHUT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 25, 2020
  • 20th BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beverly Hills, CA, USA)April 1, 2020
    53rd ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON (Official Selection, Houston, USA)April 17, 2020
  • 1st CAMIFF - CAMEROON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buea, Cameroon)April 20, 2020
  • 20th BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beverly Hills, CA, USA)April 21, 2020
  • 2nd DEEP FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)May 2, 2020
  • 18th CINE POBRE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Paz, BCS, Mexico)May 7, 2020
  • 11th HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA)May 7, 2020
  • 7th CONSTRUIR CINE - INT'L LABOR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)May 7, 2020
  • 11th NYC - INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York City, USA)May 10, 2020
  • 3rd STOCKHOLM INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stockholm, Sweden)May 14, 2020
  • 12th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland)May 20, 2020
  • 14th RIVER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hannover, Germany)June 1, 2020
  • 14th SORSICORTI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palermo, PA, Italy)June 11, 2020
  • 17th FEAR NO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)June 25, 2020
  • 21st SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Schweinfurt, Germany)November 30, 2020
  • 3rd STOCKHOLM INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stockholm, Sweden)December 11, 2020



Jonathan Schörnig
Jonathan Schörnig
Axel Steier
Director of Photography
Jonathan Schörnig, Uwe Nitschke
Uwe Nitschke
Moritz Kertzscher
Sound Design
Moritz Kertzscher


Ogbonna Mekon Ebenerer
Ashby Chad


Running Time
15:45 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



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aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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01097 Dresden, Germany


Jonathan Schörnig
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