Global Nomads - The Stories Behind The Numbers
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THE STORIES BEHIND THE NUMBERS

In the headlines, migration is presented through numbers, figures and geopolitical considerations, while personal stories are forgotten. GLOBAL NOMADS curates 17 European films that give a face to the refugee crisis and focus on the stories behind the numbers. Thanks to this project, the films will be promoted to audiences worldwide and distributed on all major VOD platforms on 20 June 2017 – World Refugee Day.

Out on 20 June 2017

World Refugee Day

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Iraqi Odyssey

Director: Samir
Year: 2016
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: DE, EN, FR, IT, NL , PT

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and the foreign occupation of Iraq.

Lampedusa in Winter

Director: Jakob Brossmann
Year: 2015
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Country of Origin: Austria
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: DE, EN, IT, FR, PT, ES-419, DA, SV, NL

The Italian “refugee island” of Lampedusa is in the firm grip of winter tristesse. The Tourists have left, the remaining refugees fight to be taken to the mainland.
The tiny community at the edge of Europe is engaged in a desperate fight for dignity, and for solidarity with those who many consider the cause of the ongoing crisis: the African boat people.

Sonita

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Year: 2015
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Country of Origin: Germany
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, PT, NO

If 18-year old Sonitahad a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonitastill succeed in making her dreams come true?

The Invisible City: Kakuma

Director: Lieve Corthouts
Year: 2016
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Country of Origin: Belgium
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN , NL , FR , ES, SV

Today, the big refugee camps in the Horn of Africa have much more to offer than humanitarian aid. As one of the fastest growing cities of the region, Kakumacamp can mean a new beginning, a way out, offering hope for a better future. The Invisible City [Kakuma] links the coming of age of three teenagers with the coming of age of refugee camp Kakuma.

Raving Iran

Director: Susanne Regina Meures
Year: 2016
IMDb
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, DE, ES, SV, NO, NL

Anoosh and Arash are at the center of Tehran’s illegal, underground techno scene. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the Streetparade in Zürich, the biggest techno festival in the world. Once landed in Switzerland, the haze of the instant euphoria evaporates quickly when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them.

Every Face has a Name

Director: Magnus Gertten
Year: 2015
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Country of Origin: Sweden
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, PT, DE, NL

On April 28, 1945, ferries with survivors from the German concentration camps arrive at the harbour of Malmö, Sweden. As the survivors take their first steps in freedom, news teams film them. Now, 70 years later, the survivors see this footage for the first time and recognise themselves. They relive the happiness, confusion and insecurity of that extraordinary day when life began again.

A Syrian Love Story

Director: Sean McAllister
Year: 2015
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Country of Origin: UK
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, PT, PL

Filmed over five years, a Syrian love story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it’s a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Gaza Surf Club

Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Year: 2016
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Country of Origin: Germany
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, FR, PT, NL, PL

In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza’s youth are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily ‘state of emergency’ they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.

Silvered Water
(Ma’a al-fidda)

Director: Wiam Bedirxan, Ossama Mohammed
Year: 2014
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Country of Origin: France
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN,  FR, PT, NL, PL

In Syria, everyday, YouTubers film then die; others kill then film. In Paris, driven by my inexhaustible love for Syria, I find that I can only film the sky and edit the footage posted. From within the tension between my estrangement in France and the revolution, an encounter happened. A young Kurdish woman from Homs began to chat with me, asking: ‘If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?’. Silvered Water is the story of that encounter.

Stop-Over
(L’Escale)

Director: Kaveh Bakhtiari
Year: 2013
IMDb
Country of Origin: Switzerland / France
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: FR, EN, PT, PL

In the course of living long months with a group of Iranian illegals in Athens, the director examines this radical choice of pursuing a better life through the most perilous of possibilities: clandestinity.

Alive!
(Gjälle)

Director: Artan Minarolli
Year: 2009
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Country of Origin: Austria / Albania / France
Genre: Fiction
Available languages: AB, DE, FR, EN, NL, SV

In a country where tradition is constantly at war with modernity, Kolli is a college student set on enjoying his youth to the fullest. When his father dies and he is forced to assume responsibility for an ancient crime, Kolli is thrust into the gruesome, feudal heart of contemporary Albania and is forced to leave the country. Based on a true story.

Between Fences
(Bein Gderot)

Director: Avi Mograbi
Year: 2016
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Country of Origin: France
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: HE, EN, FR, ES, PL, PT, DE, IT

Avi Mograbi and Chen Alon meet African asylum-seekers in a detention facility in the middle of the Negev desert. Together, they question the status of the refugees in Israel using ‘Theater of the Opressed’ techniques. What leads men and women to leave everything behind and go towards the unknown? Why does Israel, land of the refugees, refuse to take into consideration the situation of the exiled, thrown onto the roads by war, genocide and persecution? Can the Israelis working with the asylum seekers put themselves in the refugee’s shoes? Can their collective unconscious be conjured up?

Paradise! Paradise!

Director: Kurdwin Ayub
Year: 2016
IMDb
Country of Origin: Austria
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: DE, EN, ES, FR, SV, DA, NL

Vienna, Austria. A doctor´s office, two young men, patients; the doctor introduces his daughter, Kurdwin, who is planning a reportage on him and Kurdistan. Thus begins a complex, soft melodrama with home video moments: a family and its transnational economizing of feelings in the interaction with powerful militant conflicts.

Those Who Jump
(Les Sauteurs)

Director: Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert, EstephanWagner
Year: 2016
IMDb
Country of Origin: Denmark
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: ES, EN, FR, DE, DA, NL, PT, NO

Mount Gurugu overlooks the Spanish enclave of Melilla on northern Africa’s Mediterranean coast. The European Union and Africa are separated here by a high-security border facility consisting of three fences. Refugees, mostly from the sub-Saharan region, live in the tree-covered foothills, from where they try to cross the land border between Morocco and Spain. One of them is Abou Bakar Sidibé from Mali, who in Les Sauteurs is both the protagonist and the one doing the documenting.

New World

Director: Elzbieta Benkowska, Lukasz Ostalski, Michal Wawrzecki
Year: 2015
IMDb
Country of Origin: Poland
Genre: Drama
Available languages: PL, EN, NL, SV

NEW WORLD are three moving stories of three young people trying to find their place in a better world … in Poland. Żanna ran off with her child from Belarus, a land plunged into chaos, leaving her husband – a well-known oppositionist. Azzam worked for the Polish army in Afghanistan as a translator, due to which he was considered a traitor. Now he’s trying to cope with war trauma. Rejected by her family, Wiera had left Ukraine to begin a new life when suddenly her past started haunting.

No Man is an Island

Director: Tim de Keersmaecker
Year: 2016
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Country of Origin: Belgium
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: NL, EN, SV, PT

Doctor Bartolo took responsibility for Omar, an 18-year-old Tunisian who stranded on Lampedusa’s coast. He offers Omar a family, a home and a job as an interpreter in the local detention centre. Around the same time Adam, a 16-year-old from Ghana, is taken in by a hotelkeeper, who gives him a job as the hotel’s valet. Both boys have been lucky. Or haven’t they? Lampedusa: promised land or prison in the Mediterranean Sea

Walls
(Muros)

Director: Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina
Year: 2015
IMDb
Country of Origin: Spain
Genre: Documentary
Available languages: EN, FR, DE, NL, SV

The world is increasingly more divided by walls. There are human beings on either side of them. Brilliant editing connects people living and working on different sides of decisive walls between Mexico/U.S., Spain/Morocco, Israel/Palastine and South Africa/ Zimbabwe. A true cinematic experience not entering the geopolitical discussion. But exploring walls as a global issue.

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“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”
— Carlos Fuentes Macías

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