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Beyond Borders: Migration and (In)Equality in Central Europe in Comparison – Short Films

 
Beyond Borders: Migration and (In)Equality in Central Europe in Comparison – Short Films

(Beyond Borders: Migration and (In)Equality in Central Europe in Comparison) Director: various, , 0000, , 82 min

Invisible Lives: Romanian Night Workers in London , 2013, 15 min, dir. Iulius-Cezar Macarie, Tim Marrinan, Romanian, English version / English subtitles
Global cities like London have an incessant rhythm of consumption that needs to be maintained around-the-clock. This short film shines a light on the invisible lives of people working at night whilst the majority sleep or enjoy the nocturnal life. Invisible Lives is a short documentary that explores the experiences of Romanians working at night in London. This film features night workers in the construction and hotelier industries, a sex worker on the street and a market trader. They share their stories that encapsulate the highs and lows of night work, from moments of danger to moments of tranquillity when night meets day. These people’s lives are hardened by threats from pimps and punters or from tiring 12-hour night shifts. The night workers’ experiences are revealed in snapshots through audio stories combined with a visual portrait of nocturnal London – a city that never sleeps.

Slovak for Asylum Seekers, 2010, 11 min, dir. Daniela Krajčová, original version / English subtitles
Slovak for Asylum Seekers is a collaborative project with asylum seekers living in a refugee camp in Rohovce, Slovakia. The project begins with weekly Slovak language lessons because one of the primary problems for refugees is the challenge of communicating in a new language. Slovak grammar lessons are modeled on conversations with the refugees, becoming more difficult as the project unfolds and the refuges are able to speak and /or write about their conditions for living. The difficulties in the lessons mirror the difficulties in the everyday life of the refugee. Thus the project had a two-fold purpose, to teach and practice Slovak with the refugees and to give them the ability to express their thoughts and concerns in the native language of their adopted home.

Monashay, 2013, 30 min, dir. Elena Distaru, Roma and Romanian version / English subtitles
Monashay is a 30-minute documentary capturing a complex identity shaping of children and women of Romani and Romanian mainstream decent based on personal stories of Roma families living in rural Romania. Tracing historical shaping of European society between migrants and „locals“ the films shows how their lives are shaped by the discrimination they face in nowadays society. With warmth and humour, it explores how these women make their livelihoods and listens to their views of themselves and society, including their hopes for their children's future.

Rihla: Moslims in the Czech Republic, 26 min, CZ 2012, dir. Tereza Engelová, Czech version
Rihla znamená v arabštině “cesta za poznáním”. Symbolicky na ní vykročili i tři muslimští hrdinové dokumentu Terezy Engelové. Nikola (13 let) se po shlédnutí seriálu “Tisíc a jedna noc” rozhodla konvertovat k islámu. Líbí se jí řád a móda, které toto náboženství doprovázejí. Postupem času, ale zjišťuje, že rozhodnutí stát se muslimkou, může mít na její život závažnější dopad, než si původně dokázala představit. Druhá osoba, studentka dvou vysokých škol Nikola S. konvertovala na islám, když jí bylo šestnáct. Čtyři roky života věřící muslimky v ateistické české společnosti, ji teď vedou k úvahám, nakolik jsou tyto dva světy slučitelné. Sahrab (17 let) se naopak jako jediný v islámské společnosti narodil. Do České republiky přijel studovat před čtyřmi lety z Afghánistánu. Po překonání počátečního kulturního šoku Sahrab postupně řeší dilema vlastní identity. Může a chce vůbec zůstat tím, kým byl doma? Rihla ukazuje nejen jaké to je, být muslimem v české společnosti, ale nastoluje i otázku zda je islám slučitelný s životem v západní společnosti.


 

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