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Western & Northern European History & Politics

Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews

This documentary traces the descendants of Spanish Jews who were forced to either flee or convert to Catholicism after Queen Isabella's edict of 1492. Many of these Jews had to practice their religion in secret, passing their furtively-recalled customs down through the generations. Exploring the history and culture of these 'conversos,' the film celebrates an enduring spiritual legacy which has survived centuries of persecution. 1996. 51 min.

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. 2000. 38 min.

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.

Federico Garcia Lorca: the Spirit of Lorca.

Filmed on location in Spain, this vintage program profiles the immortalized poet/dramatist Federico Lorca, capturing the potent essence of Spanish culture in the process. Extracts from his poems, plays, and letters demonstrate his burning passion for the arts, while the details of his life and violent death, as told by his biography Ian Gibson, contemporaries Rafael Alberti and Luis Rosales, and others, presents a thoughtful perspective on Spain's revered literary icon. 1986. 75 min.

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.

Flustern & Schreien: ein Rock-report

Features concert clips and interviews with band members from Chicoree, Die Zollner, Feeling B, This Pop Generation, and more, as it shows how the young adults of East Germany used legendary punk and glam bands to protest the direction their country was heading. A film by Dieter Schumann, Michael Losche, Jochen Wisotski. 1988. 116 min.

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.

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