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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

And the Violins Stopped Playing: A True Story (I skrzypce przestaly grac)(Poland / USA, 1988)

Director, Alexander Ramati. Horst Buchholz, Maya Ramati, Piotr Polk, Didi Ramati, Kasia Siwak. Depicts a small group of gypsies escaping the German army during World War II. The group is fleeing south from Poland through Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Through all their travails there is romance with the leaders adolescent daughter and a boy from another gypsy family. The film is unique in that the hunted are not Jews or prisoners of war, but gypsies. 128 min.

April Children (Aprilkinder) (Germany, 1999)

Directed by Yuksel Yavuz. The story of a Kurdish family in Hamburg. The brothers Cem and Mehmet live with their sister Dilan and their immigrant parents in Germany. Mehmet drifts off into a world of crime while Cem works in a meat factory and falls in love with a German prostitute before obeying his father's will and marrying a relative from his faraway Kurdish village. The "Aprilchildren" are the descendants of a generation torn between two worlds: they have lost their former native country, its traditions and its values, but are still alienated in their new country. 85 min.

Auslander Raus!: Schlingensiefs Container

An insightful, funny chronicle and reflection on one of the biggest public pranks and acts of art terrorism ever committed steming from German director Christoph Schlingensief's reaction to the success of Austria's extreme right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) in the 2000 election. Realising public xenophobia and the new hate politics, he installed a public concentration camp right in the middle of Vienna's tourist area with surveillance cameras streaming the asylum seekers' lives onto the internet, with the least popular deported each night of the week. In German without subtitles. 2000.

Baran (Iran, 2001)

Director, Majid Majidi. A moving and humorous love story of illegal Afghan immigrants living and working at a construction site in Tehran, Iran. When one of the workers is injured,his daughter, posing as a man, becomes the breadwinner. But a hot-headed 17 year-old local youth also working at the site discovers the secret. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Beautiful People (UK, 1999)

Directed by Jasmin Dizdar. Cast: Linda Bassett, Charlotte Coleman, Edin Dzandzanovic, Nicolas Farrell, Julian Firth, Walentine Giorgiewa, Dado Jehan. "In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. Football rivals, and political adversaries from the Balkans all precipitate conflict and amusing situations.

Bend It Like Beckham (UK / Germany / USA, 2002)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min.

Bhaji on the Beach (UK, 1995)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach. In the course of their day together, their ordinary lives become an extraordinary celebration. A unique look at female friendship. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Black Cat White Cat (Crna macka, beli macor) (France / Germany / Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1998)

Directed by Emir Kusturica. Grga Pitic and Zarije Destanov are two old friends--and rivals--who haven't seen each other in years. But a series of events beyond their wildest dreams leads to a raucously funny reunion filled with gypsy mobsters, dirty deals and shotgun weddings. 129 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Black Dju! (Luxembourg, 1996)

Directed by Pol Cruchten. From the sun of the Cape Verde Island, its a very big step to rainy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey Dju Dele Dibonga takes to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. Dju has to face overzealous immigration cops and an outraged police lieutenant who eventually joins in the hunt, becoming Dju's partner in this tale of love and friendship. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles. 80 min.

Black Girl (La Noire de--) (Senegal/France, 1966)

Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A young Senegalese servant girl accompanies a white family in its move to France. Harsh treatment leads her to lose all self-esteem and she commits suicide. The couple returns to Dakar to offer the girl's parents money, but they refuse it. The film raises questions on neo-colonialism, migrant workers and passivity vs. protest. In French with English subtitles. 56 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database