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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Cool! (Netherlands, 2004)

Directed by Theo van Gogh. Cast: Fouad Mourigh, Farhane El Hamchaoui, Jones Kruijne, Remco Alberts, Julien de Roover. Set to gangsta rap, this film tells the tale of three teenage criminals - (Abdel, Jacky, and Jeffrey) - who end up doing time in a juvenile detention center after messing up a bank robbery. Abdel, who has been changed for the better by his time in the correctional system, learns that their former gang-leader Prof is setting up another big heist. Abdel decides that Prof needs to be taken down and sets about sabotaging Prof's plan. 125 min.

Das Fräulein (Germany / Switzerland / Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006)

Director, Andrea Staka. Cast: Mirjana Karanovcic, Marija Skarcic, Ljubica Jovic. Tells the story of two Balkan refugees. Reza owns a restaurant and has lived in Switzerland for 25 years. Ana is a Bosnian who breezes into Reza's life and injects both joy and discontent. 81 min min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dealer (Germany, 1999)

Director, Thomas Arslan. Can is a small time drug dealer in a Turkish "guest worker" community in Berlin. He is not happy with his situation, constantly trying to reconcile the irreconcilable elements in his life: drugs, family, street violence and love. When his boss Hakan promises to make him a bar manager his hopes are raised but then Hakan is killed and Can is eventually arrested and condemned to four years in prison. PAL format. In German and Turkish. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Die Fremde (When We Leave)(Germany, 2010)

Directed by Feo Aladag. Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora. What would you sacrifice for your family's love? Your values? Your freedom? Your independence? German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She is hoping to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Ultimately her family decides to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again.

Dirty Pretty Things (UK, 2002)

Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong, Zlatko Buric, Kriss Dosanjh, Israel Aduramo, Yemi Ajibade, Nizwar Karanj,Dhobi Oparei. Nigerian exile Okwe and Turkish chambermaid Senay toil at a west London hotel that is full of illegal activity. Late one night Okwe makes a shocking discovery, which creates an impossible dilemma and tests the limits of all they know. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Door to the Sky (Bab Al-Sama Maftuh) (Morocco, 1989)

Directed by Farida Belyazid. Cast: Zaki-yah Tahiri, Eva Saint Paul, Shuaybiyah Adhrawi, Bashir Sukayrij, Ahmad al-Buanani. Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre, returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is moved by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as Nadia decides to turn her father's place into a Muslim women's shelter.

Drachenfutter (Dragon Chow) (West Germany, 1987)

Directed by Jan Schutte. Cast: Bhasker, Ric Young, Buddy Uzzaman. In this moving story an Asian political refugee arrives in Hamburg and finds himself in a land of welfare hotels and con men. He manages to land a job at a Chinese restaurant where he joins forces with a friend in an attempt to open their own restaurant and storm the citadel of Western capitalism. 75 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Drowning by Bullets.

On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew. The curfew was in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities. They were met by a police force determined to break up the demonstration. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. This film exposes the massacre, and the cover-up. Directed and produced by Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling 1982. 52 min. ;

East is East (1999)

Directed by Damien O'Donnell. Cast: Om Puri, Jimi Mistry, Raji James, Linda Bassett, Archie Panjabi, Emil Marwa. Two English bachelors just want to have the time of their lives, but their plans run into a rough spot when their traditional Pakistani father (George "Genghis" Khan) secretly arranges their marriages. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Eastern Promises (UK / Canada / USA, 2007)

Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl. The mysterious and ruthless Nikolai is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna, an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.