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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Vengo (Spain / France / Germany / Japan, 2000)

Directed by Tony Gatlif, Alvaro Alonso. Cast: Ana Sousa ; production designers, Brigitte Brassart, Denis Mercier. Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Perez Dechent, Bobote, Juan Luis Corrientes, Fernando Guerrero Rebollo, Francisco Chaveco Rios, Jose Ramirez el Cheli, Juan Luis Barrios Llorente. After his brother has murdered a member of a rival gypsy clan and gone into hiding, Caco becomes both the de facto figurehead of his 'family' and protector of his handicapped nephew.

Wake Up the Gypsy in Me (1933)

Directed by Rudolf Ising. Animated short. "A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we finally see that the other end of the rope is anchored by a very small dog). A trench-coated bomber sneaks into the palace, where we see Rice-Puddin', the mad monk, cheating at a jigsaw puzzle. He spies the activity in the gypsy camp and orders a henchman to fetch the gypsy girl.

We Have No War-Songs: Gypsies: the Professional Amateurs of Life.

Since their appearance in Europe first recorded in the 14th century, the Gypsies have always struggled for the freedom to live their own lives in their own way. They have been persecuted, tortured, expelled and killed, and yet remain unique as the only nation of people that have never written or sung war songs.

Welcome (France, 2009)

Directed by Philippe Lioret. Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana. A 17-year-old Kurdish refugee has struggled his way in Europe in an attempt to unite with his girlfriend, who has emigrated to England. When he is stopped in France, he decides to swim the English Channel to complete his journey. 134 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

When the Guests Stayed On...

This film documents the lives of several Turkish families in the Bavarian town of Forchheim who originally came here in the 1960s as 'guest workers'. Instead of going back to Turkey, they settled in Germany, raised their children there, and are now watching their children raise families of their own. In German with English voiceovers. 1997. 37 min.

Yasmin (Germany | UK, 2004)

Directed by Kenneth Glenaan. Cast:Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson, Syed Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed. In this drama set before and after the events of 9/11, a young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre. After September 11th, the prejudice she experiences in her job and the treatment of common people forces her to reevaluate her life and take sides. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Young, Muslim, and French

Europe's Muslim population has doubled in the last decade, with the largest numbers settling in France. This Wide Angle documentary reveals the hopes, frustrations, and political aspirations of French-born Muslims and explores their potential to alter the landscape of France's national identity. Focusing on the recent decision to ban the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves in public schools, the program shows how the controversy has played out in Dammarie-les-Lys, a racially diverse, working-class community on the outskirts of Paris.