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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Gypsy Blood (Carmen) (1918)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The tale of a Gypsy who seduces a guard, turns him into a murderer and a robber then decides to leave him for another man. The guard ends up killing her and himself. 78 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gypsy Caravan

In a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, five bands unite for a concert tour across North America and astound every audience they meet. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, from Romanian violin to Raga and jazz. Performers: Taraf De Haidouks, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Maharaja, Antonio de Pipa Flamenco Ensemble. Special features: Uncut performances by Esma Redzepova, Taraf de Haidouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Maharaja; photo gallery; extended interview with Johnny Depp; filmmaker biography. 2007. 111 min.

Hate (La Haine) (France, 1995)

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Cast: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili, Solo, Joseph Momo, Heloise Rauth. Said is an Arab, Hubert is black, Vinz is a jew, all living in Paris. Each of them needs to vent the anger they feel about the police brutality that landed another friend in the hospital. Vinz finds a Smith & Wesson .44 that sparks the shocking climax after the boys tangle with the cops and a gang of skinheads.

Head-On (Gegen die Wand) (Germany / Turkey, 2004)

Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Birol Unel, Guven Krac, Meltem Cumbul, Catrin Striebeck. A melodrama of a Turkish man and woman living in Germany, torn between two cultures, tradition and modernity, survival and death. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Help Wanted: Dynamics of the EU Labor Market.(Crossroads, inside the European Union ; 3)

With a low birth rate and an aging workforce, the European Union needs immigrants--but how temporary or permanent their status should be is a matter of debate. This film examines existing and proposed guest worker programs, in addition to other EU measures, designed to address the results of globalization and shifting demographics. Focusing not only on the EU's tremendous economic advances but also on regions afflicted by poverty, the film looks at immigrant education, ambition, and self-employment, while sifting through issues such as worker job security and the growth of sex industries.

Hop (Belgium, 2002)

Directed by Dominique Standaert. Cast: Jan Declein, Antjie de Boeck, Alexandra Vandernot, Kalomba Mbuyi, Ansou Diedhiou, Emile M'Penza. All Justin and his father want is to enjoy a soccer game together. This sparks a chain of events that leads to his father's deportation, and Justin finds himself alone and on the run. Enlisting the help of a former anarchist, Justin embarks on a thrilling adventure to re-unite with his father. But to fight the system, he will need to apply the secret of the Hop. 107 min.

Hostage (Omiros) (Greece / Turkey, 2005)

Directed by Constantine Giannaris. Cast: Stathis Papadopoulos, Theodora Tzimou, Giannis Stankoglou. In a desperate attempt to reclaim his honor, a young Albanian immigrant hijacks a bus in northern Greece. Demanding a ransom and safe return to his country, he holds the passengers hostage at gunpoint. Based on a true story. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hurlevent (Wuthering Heights) (France, 1985)

Director, Jacques Rivette. Cast: Fabienne Babe, Lucas Belvaux, Sandra Montaigu, Alice de Poncheville. Based on Emily Bronte's 19th-century novel, this film sets the drama in the French countryside of the 1930s. Tells the story of the tormented love affair between two childhood sweethearts, Catherine, a headstrong young woman, and Roc, a fiery young gypsy. 126 min. ; (PAL) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I Can't Sleep (J'ai pas sommeil) (France / Switzerland, 2000)

Directed by Clair Denis. Cast: Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont, Laurent Grevill, Alex Descas, Irina Grejbina, Tolsty, Line Renaud, Beatrice Dalle. "Claire Denis's rich and provocative drama examines themes of urban alienation and individual/community identity in a puzzling narrative framework. Katerina Golubeva plays Daiga, a recent Lithuanian emigre who is seeking a place to live and work. A second narrative examines the lives of a large expatriate Caribbean family, including Theo (Alex Descas), a musician, and Camille (Richard Courcet), a transvestite nightclub singer.

Illegal (Belgium | Luxembourg | France, 2010)

Directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. Cast: Anne Coesens, Esse Lawson, Gabriela Perez. Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan. One day, they are stopped on the street for a routine check by the police; Tania is arrested and placed in an immigration detention center for women, while Ivan manages to escape. Threatened with imminent deportation and fearful for Ivan's fate, Tania embarks on a harrowing journey, determined to preserve her dignity and find her son.