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Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today

This timely film series will be enriched by the presence of most of the directors, joined in discussion about their films by invited Columbia faculty. The series invites dialogue about the urgent topic of migration and about the role images and narratives play in bringing it to our awareness.

Schedule of screenings:

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 PM : Stop-Over (L’Escale) by Kaveh Bakhtiari
100 min. Genre: Documentary. French-Swiss co-production. Filmed in Greece. Languages: Farsi, Greek, English, with English subtitles. Film screening followed by panel discussion with director Kaveh Bakhtiari and Professor Seyla Benhabib, moderated by Nora Philippe.

Friday, October 14, 6:30 PM : The Messengers (Les Messagers) by Hélène Crouzillat and Laetitia Tura
2017, 70 min. Genre: Documentary. French production. Filmed in: Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, France. Languages: French, Arabic, Spanish, Pulaar, with English subtitles. Film Screening followed by discussion with director Laetitia Tura, Professor Madeleine Dobie, and Professor Jérôme Game. The screening of Les Messagers will be preceded by a short film, Border, by Laura Waddington (2004), 24 min. Genre: video art. French/English co-production. Filmed in France. Language: English.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 PM : Hope by Boris Lojkine
2015, 86 min. Genre: Fiction, Drama. French production. Filmed in Morocco. Languages: French, English, Arabic, Lingala, Wolof, and more, with English subtitles. Film screening followed by discussion with director Boris Lojkine, Professor Marianne Hirsch, and Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, moderated by Nora Philippe.

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 PM : May They Rest in Revolt (Qu’ils reposent en révolte) by Sylvain George
2011, 153 min. Genre: Documentary essay. French production. Filmed in France. Languages: French, English, Arabic, Farsi, Eritrean, with English subtitles. Film screening followed by discussion with director Sylvain George and Jane Gaines, moderated by Nora Philippe.

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 PM : Burn the Sea (Brûle la mer) by Nathalie Nambot and Maki Berchache
2014, 75 min. Genre: Documentary. French production. Filmed in: Tunisia, Italy, France. Languages: French, English, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, with English subtitles. Film screening followed by discussion with directors Nathalie Nambot and Maki Berchache and Professor Etienne Balibar, moderated by Nora Philippe. [This related event will take place at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (1886 Broadway).]

Friday, October 21 : Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi
2016, 109 min. Genre: Documentary/fiction. Italian-French co-production. Filmed in: Italy. Language: Italian, with English subtitles. Film screening at followed by discussion with director Gianfranco Rosi. This October 21 screening is the U.S. Premiere of Fire at Sea.

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 PM : Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki
2011, 93 min. Genre: Fiction, Drama. Finnish-German-French co-production. Filmed in France. Language: French, with English subtitles. The film screening will be preceded by an introduction by Professor Annette Insdorf.

Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 PM : Welcome to Refugeestan (Bienvenue au Réfugistan) by Anne Poiret
2016, 71 min. Genre: TV Investigative Documentary. French production. Filmed in: Tanzania, Jordan, Greece, Kenya, Switzerland, France. Languages: French, Arabic, and more, with English subtitles.
U.S. Premiere

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 PM : School of Babel (La Cour de Babel) by Julie Bertuccelli
2013, 89 min. Genre: Documentary. French production. Filmed in Paris, France. Languages: French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and more, with English subtitles. Film screening followed by discussion with director Julie Bertuccelli and Professor Emmanuelle Saada.

Friday, October 28, 6:30 PM : Special Flight (Vol Spécial) by Fernand Melgar
2011, 100 min. Genre: Documentary. Swiss production. Language: French, with English subtitles.
Film screening followed by discussion with director Fernand Melgar, Professor Bernard Harcourt, and Nicolas Fischer, moderated by Nora Philippe.