INVISIBLE-illegal in Europe| 1hr : 27mins
Director: Andreas Voigt | Producer: Barbara Etz
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Germany
Millions of people live illegally in Europe. Forced by circumstances, they lead a virtually invisible life. The German documentary maker Andreas Voigt decided to follow five such people for a year. Five stories of undocumented migrants, from different parts of the world, living in five European countries. Zakari, a deserted army officer, fled from Algeria, where his life is in danger. He has been living illegally in Germany for ten yearsâ€”his story was "not serious enough" for a residence permitâ€”and he still hopes one day to be able to return to a safe, democratic Algeria. Edita from Ecuador doesnâ€™t even think about returning to her fatherland. The transsexual feels at home in Paris, where she gets a new temporary visa every three months. Malika, a Chechen, just wants a better future for her daughter. And Prince is awaiting his compulsory return to Nigeria in a Dutch cell. Oumar, finally, has just set foot on European soilâ€”he reached the Spanish coast from Ceutaâ€”when his dreams are shattered. The border police are waiting for him. Without commenting or making any political analysis, "INVISIBLE-illegal in Europe" sketches five portraits of people who keep hoping for happiness but have to submit to their heart-rending fate.
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