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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Bloody Cartoons(Why Democracy? Series)

Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world...The director films in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people who played key roles during the "cartoon crisis." Critics of the cartoons claim that they were racist and Islamophobic. Investigates such questions as: How tolerant should we be, of the intolerant? And what limits should there be if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy?

Born in Absurdistan (ne en Absurdistan) (Austria, 1999)

Directed by Franco Brusati. Cast: Julia Stemberger; Karl Markovics, Meltem Cumbul, Ahmet Ugurlu, Josef Hader. In the hospital the new-born babies of an Austrian couple and a Turkish family of immigrant workers are mixed up and go home with the wrong parents. By the time the mistake comes to light, the Turkish family has been deported so the Austrian couple begins a confusing odyssey through Turkey to track down the family to their native village in order to exchange their children. 104 min.

Bread and Chocolate (Pane e Cioccolata) (Italy, 1973)

Directed by Franco Brusati. A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful. 109 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Brick Lane (UK / India, 2007)

Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson. Follows the life of Nazneen a young Muslim girl who leaves her Bangladeshi village after an arranged marriage at seventeen. She and her husband move to London's East End. There she tries to devote herself to duty and family, yet is drawn to Karim, a young hothead. The story is set in 1980s Britain, during a climate of rising racial tensions. Based on the novel by Monica Ali. 102 min.

Brothers in Trouble (UK, 1996)

Directed by Udayan Prasad. Paints a vivid portrait of the secret lives and loves of a group of illegal Pakistani immigrants in 1960's Britain. When Hussein, the leader of a house overcrowded with desperate, lonely men, brings home his British, pregnant girlfriend, the delicate balance that maintains the men's lives is undone. 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bwana (Spain, 1988)

Directed by Imanol Uribe. A taxi driver and his family picnic on a lonely beach where they meet Ombasi, an African newly arrived in Spain in search of his fortune. They spend a pleasant night talking but the morning brings a terrible surprise: the arrival of a group of neonazis.Based on the theatrical work by Ignacio del Moral,"La Mirada del Hombre Sscuro." PAL format. In Spanish without titles. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Bye-Bye (France / Belgium / Switzerland, 1995)

Director, Karin Dridi. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Nozha Kouadra, Philippe Ambrosini. After a family tragedy, two young French-Arab brothers leave Paris and end up on the door step of their uncle and his family in Marseilles. Once there, the two are pulled apart as one is seduced by the streets and its life of drugs and crime, while the other desperately seeks to rescue his brother without falling to its temptations. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Circus Palestina (Zirkus Palestina) (Israel, 1998)

Directed by Eyal Halfon. Cast: Yoram Hatav, Evgenia Dudina, Amos Lavi, Basaam Zuamot, Vladimir Friedman. Comedy-drama about a Russian circus that disrupts a volatile community of irate Palestinians, high-strung Israeli settlers, and shifty hucksters on either side. At first, everyone wants to check out this new diversion; they become less enthusiastic when the troupe's aging lion escapes. Suddenly, this already tense neighborhood is thrown into a tizzy. Based on true events. 90 min.

Code inconnu: Recit incomplet de divers voyages (Code Unknown: Incomplete Yales of Several Journeys)(France / Germany / Romania, 2000)

Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Ona Lu Yenke, Sepp Bierbichler, Arsinee Khanjian. On a bustling Paris street corner four separate livesintersect, interweaving the stories of a promising actress, her photojournalist boyfriend, a teacher of African descent and a Romanian illegal immigrant in this portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) (France | Portugal | Switzerland, 2006)

Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Cila Cardoso, Isabel Cardoso. A fusion of documentary and dramatic essay chronicling the relocation of the mostly Cape Verdean immigrant inhabitants of a Lisbon slum to a newly constructed district on the outskirts of the city.