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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Eden is West (Eden a l'ouest) (France | Greece | Italy, 2009)

Directed by Costa-Gavras. Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Kohler, Ulrich Tukur. Elias is a young man from a nameless country in the Mediterranean who has paid a smuggler a handsome fee to be hidden inside a ship making its way to Europe. When immigration authorities stage a surprise inspection, Elias jumps ship along with a number of other unauthorized passengers, and hours later washes up at a luxury resort on a Greek island. There he meets Nick Nickelby, a traveling magician who gives Elias a job as a temporary assistant and invites him to visit him in Paris.

En el cuarto de Vanda

Directed by Pedro Costa. A documentary film about Vanda, a heroin user in Lisbon, and the people around her who live in the ancient ghetto occupied by addicts, hustlers and poor immigrant families. All the buildings in Vanda's district are being demolished, which produces a perpetually grating cacophony throughout the film. Accompanying book: Un mirlo dorado, un ramo de flores y una cuchara de Plata: conversacia³n con Pedro Costa, collage de Andy Rector, documentos (In Spanish, 2008). 2000. 170 min.

Entre les murs (The Class) (2008)

Directed by Laurent Cantet. Cast: Francois Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Juliette Demaille, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi. Francois and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France.

Eternity and a Day (Mia aioniotita kai mia mera) (Germany / Greece / France / Italy, 1998)

Directed by Constantine Giannaris. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Isabelle Renauld, Achilleas Skevis. A celebrated Greek writer, who is terminally ill, sets his sights on one last idyllic day. Embarking on a voyage to relive an idealized time with his long lost wife, his day is interrupted when he happens upon a lost and troubled eight-year-old boy, an illegal immigrant from Albania. The two strangers, crossing paths at a special moment in time, share a poignant life experience. 129 min.


Investigates the daily, sometimes illicit migration, across borders between Morocco and Spain- a rare intersection of the first and third worlds. Paying off officials to look the other way, workers smuggle contraband across the border, sometimes crossing up to 11 times a day. In a now common scenario, Moroccan woman work in North Africa to produce goods destined for the European market, even as domestics commute into a Spanish enclave in Moroccan territory. A videotape by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders. c2003. 20 min.

Exiles (France / Japan, 2004)

Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal, Leila Makhlouf, Zouhir Gacem, Habib Cheikh. A young couple, both of Arabic descent, leave Paris with no money, jobs, or connections, and travel to their ancestral home of Algeria. In search of re-connecting to their roots, they cross three countries by foot, bus, train, and hitched rides. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Farewell, GDR (South series)

In the 1980s young people from Mozambique immigrated to Germany only to experience discrimination. Upon their return to Mozambique they often found themselves outsiders in their own homeland. This film surveys their dilemma as they face groups antagonistic towards returning Mozambicans and economic hardships which caused them to immigrate to Germany in the first place. Directed by Licinio Azevedo. 1991. 25 min. ;
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Fascism: The Legacy of Hate

As the ultra-right edges closer to real power in Europe, a dismayed European Union fears a dark renaissance in politics. This disturbing program, supported by footage including a skinhead hate party and anti-immigrant violence, traces the virulent resurgence of xenophobia in Europe. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 38 min.

Fear Eats the SoulЖ (Angst Essen Seele Auf)(West Germany, 1974)

Directed by Rainer Fassbinder. Cast: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa, Anita Bucher, Gusti Kreissl, Doris Mattes, Margit Symo. A Moroccan immigrant in Munich comes up against social and racial prejudice when he marries a sixty-year-old charwoman. 94 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Fille de l'eau (Whirlpool of Fate)(France, 1925)

Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Pierre Philippe, Marc Rosaert, Harold Lewingston, Maurice Touze. After the suspicious death of her father a young girl runs away from her brutal uncle and joins a Gypsy camp. 72 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database