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Immigrants & Outsiders in Europe

Im Juli (In July) (Germany, 2000)

Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Uner, Jochen Nickel, Branka Katic, Birol Unel, Sandra Borgmann, Ernest Hausmann, Gabor Salinger, Cem Akin, Fatih Akin. Daniel, a young teacher, decides to spend his summer at home in Hamburg. At the local flea market, he meets Juli, who is immediately attracted to him, a fact to which Daniel seems oblivious. On the same day, Daniel meets Melek, a young Turkish girl, with whom he is immediately smitten. Ignoring his earlier plans, he sets out in pursuit of her across the Balkans.

Import/Export (Austria | France | Germany, 2007)

Directed by Ulrich Seidl. Cast: Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hofmann, Michael Thomas, Maria Hofstatter, Georg Friedrich. Olga, a nurse from the Ukraine, searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria travels East for the same reason. Both are looking for work, a new beginning, an existence, and life. Olga comes from a place where unremitting poverty is the order of the day. Paul comes from a place where unemployment doesn't mean hunger, but a crisis of meaning and sense of uselessness.

In This World (UK, 2002)

Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah. Tells of the hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London, revealing the desperate measures people take to escape persecution and life-threatening conditions. Special features: Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary from Michael Winterbottom and Tony Grisoni; director's introduction from the Sundance Film Series; U.S.

Inch'Allah Dimanche (Algeria, France, 2001)

Director, Yamina Benguigui. Film about the "family reunion," the French government's euphemism for a 1974 law allowing Algerian wives to rejoin their husbands working in France. Strong-willed Zouina parts tearfully from her mother in the port of Algiers; once in France, she and her three small children are at the mercy of her mother-in-law and confused by the strange customs of their local grocer and garden-obsessed neighbor. The radio is her only window on life and on the women of this new country. 98 min.

James' Journey to Jerusalem (Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh)(Israel, 2003)

Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz. Cast: Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe, Arie Elias, Salim Daw. Follows the adventures of James, a devout Christian making a pilgrimage from his African village to the Holy Land. He becomes part of the migrant labor workforce in Tel Aviv and pursues his religious quest-- until he gets a little taste of fortune by turning the tables on his employers-- an astute exploration of the economic, moral and spiritual hypocrisies of Western society filtered through an evocative portrait of modern Israel's cultural and generational divisions. 87 min.

Jerichow (Germany, 2008)

Director, Christian Petzold. Cast: Benno Furmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sozer. The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. That's when Thomas meets Laura, his Turkish boss's young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born, unfolding in desolate northeast Germany, where thick forests suddenly end on cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea. 96 min.

Journey of Hope (Reise der Hoffnung) (Switzerland / Turkey / UK, 1990)

Director, Xavier Koller. Based on true events, this is the story of a poor Kurdish family from Turkey who struggle to reach their promised land, Switzerland. Haydar decides to emigrateillegally but finds himself and his family at the mercy of their smugglers. As the journey progresses, every step costs more than promised until, by the time they reach the Swiss borders, they have lost all of their money. With nothing but their dream to sustain them they face crossing the brutally cold and dangerous Swiss Mountains. 111 min.

Juventud en Marcha

Directed by Pedro Costa. 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. 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). 2006. 154 min.

Katzelmacher (West Germany, 1969)

Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Rainer Maria Fassbinder, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Elga Sorbas, Doris Mattes and Orm Hermann. Follows the lives of an aimless group of friends who spend their days outside their Munich apartment smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and sleeping with each other. Their lives take an interesting turn when a Greek immigrant moves in and evokes extremely hostile reactions from the men in the group who beat him up when he begins dating one of the German women. 88 min.

Kebab Connection (Germany, 2005)

Director, Anno Saul. Cast: Denis Moschitto, Nora Tschirner, Guven Kirac. A young Turkish hip-hopper dreams of making the first German kung-fu film, and he hones his craft by making an extremely successful commercial for his uncle's kebab stand. When his second commercial is a flop, his German girfriend tells him she is pregnant, and his parents kick him out of the house, he gives in to the temptations of the rival Greek restaurant owner across the street and agrees to make a commercial for his uncle's worst enemy. Based loosely on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. 96 min.