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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Fireflies (Lucioles)

Children of immigrants fight for an independent outlook that acknowledges their complex origins and multifaceted identities. Presents the stories of four women who immigrated to France (some as children) and their struggles with personal identity. A film by Kila Dekacee. 2004. 33 min.

Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers from Another World) (Spain, 1999)

Directed by Iciar Bollain. Cast: Jose Sancho, Luis Tosar, Lissete Mejia, Marlin Torres, Chete Lera. "Patricia, a woman from Dominican Republic, needs a home and an economic security that her illegal status in Madrid does not provide her. Milady, twenty, born in Havana and dying to travel the world. Marirosi has a job, a home, and the most complete solitude... just like Alfonso, Damian and Carmelo, men from the St. Eulalia, a village lacking both marrying women and future.

Fortress Europe: Death on the Border

Shows the plight of illegal immigrants to European Union countries, who are often assisted by human smugglers and thwarted by technology to secure the borders. European bureaucrats, in the absence of an overarching E.U. policy feel compelled to keep as many immigrants out of Europe as possible, to please their increasingly anti-immigrant electorates. Discusses immigration policy in European Union countries and other countries hoping to join the Union. Dist.: by Films Media Group. 2001. 59 min.

Fortress Europe: It's a Pack of Lies; Escape to the E.U.?

Drawing on case studies, archival footage, and interviews, this documentary examines controversial changes in immigration policy in the European Union since the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951 and their effects on present-day refugees and asylum-seekers. Five decades after the Convention, the European immigration system is on the verge of collapse as a flood of people fleeing persecution and violence threatens to engulf the E.U. Dist.: by Films Media Group. 2001. 59 min.

Fortress Europe: Out They Go; One-way ticket to Ghana

Peter Ekwiri, a Ugandan, is only one of many people whose applications for asylum in the E.U. have been denied. And like many other blacks from Africa considered "undesirable" by European governments such as Sweden and Germany, he was forcibly deported, but not to his home country. This program uses Ekwiri's case as a springboard to reveal a corrupt system in which E.U. police and immigration authorities clandestinely pay Ghana to act as a transfer point, in reality a dumping ground, for black deportees. And life in Ghana usually means years of imprisonment and an obscure death.

Frankfurt: The Euro-city

Studies the effects of diversity in Frankfurt, an emerging high-tech focal point and the city with the largest foreign and immigrant population in continental Europe. This program studies the effects of that diversity, considering right-wing extremism, the nation's anti-discrimination policies, and the city's sex industry. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 26 min.

Fratricide (Brudermord)(Luxembourg / Germany / France, 2005)

Directed by Yilmaz Arslan. Cast: Xevat Gectan, Erdal Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Nurettin Celik, Yusuf Gectan, Taies Farzan, Oral Uyan, Xhiljona Ndoja. Amidst hopeless squalor, four young exiles -- two Kurds, two Turks -- meet in Germany, unleashing a nightmarish cycle of violence they believed they had left behind. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

From the Edge of the City (Apo tin akri tis polis) (Greece, 1998)

Directed by Constantinos Giannaris. Cast: Stathis Papadopoulos, Costas Cotsianidis, Panagiotis Chartomatsidis, Anestis Polychronidis, Dimitris Papoulidis. Buff and eighteen, Sasha lives with his mother and father in a Kazakhstan immigrant settlement on the outskirts of Athens. At night, he and his teenaged friends rollerblade through the city, where they hang out in brothels and work as male prostitutes. Every day they endure an obstacle course of johns, drug dealers, pimps and gangsters, as they try desperately to survive in a country that is not their own. 94 min.

Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) (Romania / France, 1997)

Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Isidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan, Angela Serban. A young French man, in search of a legendary Gypsy singer, is taken in by a Gypsy community in Romania. The inhabitants at first do not like him but as they grow to know him he is accepted and learns their ways of talking, drinking, dancing, and cursing. 96 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Games of Love & Chance (L'Esquive) (France, 2003)

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani, Nanou Benhamou, Haffet Ben-Ahmed, Aurelie Ganito, Carole Franck, Hajar Hamlili, Rachid Hami, Meriem Serbah, Hanane Mazouz, Sylvain Phan. A sensitive portrait of a group of teenagers living in the projects outside Paris and surviving in a world marginalized by society.