Legend has it that the 20th century French artist François Augiéras once hid in an abandoned bunker in the Sahara desert, where he painted his masterpiece across its walls and then sealed the entrance, hiding it in the sand.

The Double Steps follows Augiéras’ alter ego, a wandering ex-soldier, along with an assortment of pilgrims and bandits as they hunt for the fresco in the dunes of northern Mali. A mystical and surreal journey, the film offers a glimpse of West African culture not commonly seen in cinema.