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A Sea in Between| 48mins
Director: Juan Luis de No | Producer: Javier Gomez Serrano
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Spain
Subject Tags: culture, europe, migration
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Most European countries had to deal with uneven results with the so called "integration" of the second generation of migrant citizens. In Spain right now we could take good note of the experiences of close countries like Belgium, France or Germany, where situations of tension and even violence have been experienced throughout the years. There is a proliferation of ghetto-like communities and as of today, nobody dares to anticipate what future there is for these legal and de-facto European citizens that feel they don't belong anywhere. We will start in Brussels, where for the last 30 years they have dealt with this matter to the point of suffering. In the 90's the result was poor integration of these newcomers, most of them originally from the Rif in Northern Morocco, like those arriving now to Spain. Taking Belgium's experience as a starting point, we will focus on Spain to reveal the situation of the ever growing descendants of those Moroccan workers. Anisa is 26 years old. She was born and raised in Spain and had to confront a full range of problems with her family: this is the norm amongst Moroccan families. Whom to marry to without generating a family drama? What kind of job is available to you, if you are not planning on taking care of babies or cleaning houses? Ibraim, is a very special young man. He has to disguise himself as a Brazilian in order to get access to the disco: he likes to dance till dawn without ever drinking any alcohol. He works now as a bartender at a bar in Villalba, near Madrid, but what he would most like to do is dedicate himself to theater, music, or dance. He also wishes he could share it with his family, but that is out of the question...

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