Monthly Archives: September 2009

Fatih Akin’s Latest Film “Soul Kitchen”

Reuters: “Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen” offers tasty treat” Zeit Online: “Fatih Akin in seiner Heimatstadt gefeiert” CNN Türk: “Hamburg’un açılışı Fatih Akın’dan”

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Refugee Camp in France Closed

Spiegel Article: “Französische Polizei räumt Flüchtlingslager am Ärmelkanal“

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“NPD’s Racist Election Campaign Flops”

Spiegel Article : “NPD’s Racist Election Campaign Flops”

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Bella Martha (Mostly Martha)

Mostly Martha is a romantic comedy that brings up several issues of today’s society in Germany in a very subtle way. The main character Martha is a master chef in an upscale restaurant, but while she is great in her … Continue reading

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Menschliches Versagen (Human Failure)

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Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)

DVD In 1937, the non-orthodox Jewish German lawyer Walter Redlich, aware of the growing danger posed by the Nazi movement in Germany and how it would jeopardize the Jews in his country, moves alone to Nairobi, Kenya, to administrate a … Continue reading

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Badolato: Hoffen auf ein Wunder (Hasan Stopped at Badolato)

Produced by Mirjam Quinte Not available on DVD or VHS in US or Germany Documentary film about Kurdish refugees in a small Calabrian village. Produced by ZDF /ARTE. Links: IMDB, Filmportal.de Genre(s): Classic Documentary; Theme(s): Migration and Mobility; Keywords: Refugee, … Continue reading

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Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)

Produced by Andreas Thiel; with actors Baki Davrak, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Nursel Köse, Hanna Schygulla, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nurguel Yesilcay; available on DVD in Germany and US Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Ying Ruan: Auf der anderen Seite is a German-Turkish drama directed by … Continue reading

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Pieces d’identites (Pieces of Identity)

Produced by Mweze Ngangura With actors Gerard Essomba, Herbert Flack, Jean-Louis Daulne, Dominique Mesa not available on DVD or VHS in US Congolese filmmaker Mweze Ngangura, who made the 1987 La Vie Est Belle with Benoit Lamy, directed this Belgian-French-Congolese … Continue reading

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100 pour cent Arabica (100% Arabica)

Produced by Mahmoud Zemmouri With actors Khaled, Cheb Mami, Mouss, Najim Laouariga, Fard Fedjer, Youssef Diawara, Patrice Thibaud, Mohamed Camara available on DVD in the US and France Set in a rent-controlled Paris suburb populated entirely by North Africans, this … Continue reading

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J’ai pas sommeil (I Can’t Sleep)

Produced by Bruno Pesery With actors Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont, Laurent Grevill, Alex Descas, Irina Grejbina, Tolsty, Line Renaud, Beatrice Dalle available on DVD (US) This French drama uses two plots that occasionally come together. The stories are … Continue reading

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Hop

Produced by Thierry De Coster, Michel Houdmont, Dominique Standaert With actors Jan Declein, Antjie de Boeck, Alexandra Vandernot, Kalomba Mbuyi, Ansou Diedhiou, Emile M’Penza available on DVD in the US and Germany A boy gets an early lesson in issues … Continue reading

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Apo tin akri tis polis – Am Rande der Stadt (From the Edge of the City)

Produced by Dionysis Samiotis, Anastasios Vasiliou With actors Stathis Papadopoulos, Costas Kotsianidis, Panayiotis Hartomatzidis, Dimitris Papoulidis Available on DVD in the US and Germany A group of young “Pontioi” (Greek Russians from the coast of the Black Sea) descend on … Continue reading

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Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys)

With actors Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Ona Lu Yenke, Sepp Bierbichler, Arsinee Khanjian The lives of a struggling film actress, a Kosovo War photographer, his wayward brother, a Romanian beggar, and an African émigré come crashing together after a fateful … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye

With actors Sami Bouajila, Nozha Kouadra, Philippe Ambrosini After a family tragedy, two young French-Arab brothers leave Paris and end up on the door step of their uncle and his family in Marseilles. Once there, the two are pulled apart … Continue reading

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Brothers in Trouble

Produced by Robert Buckler With actors Om Puri, Pavan Malhotra, Angeline Ball, Ahsen Bhatti, Bhasker Patel Paints a vivid portrait of the secret lives and loves of a group of illegal Pakistani immigrants in 1960’s Britain. When Hussein, the leader … Continue reading

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Black Dju

With actors Philippe Leotard, Richard Courcet, Patrice-Flora Praxo, Cesaria Evora From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it’s a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that’s the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take … Continue reading

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Anita and Me

With actors Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Omid Djalili, Alex Freeborn, Lynn Redgrave, Zohra Segal, Meera Syal, Christine Tremarco, Chandeep Uppal, Mark Williams Anita and Me (2002) tells the coming of age story of Meena, … Continue reading

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Omiros (Hostage)

With actors Stathis Papadopoulos, Giannis Stankoglou, Theodora Tzimou Available on DVD in the US An Albanian immigrant hijacks a Greek passenger bus in hopes of gaining safe passage back to his home country in director Constantine Giannaris’ tense account of … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Nightmare (Darwin’s Albtraum)

Available on DVD Darwin’s Nightmare is a documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have … Continue reading

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