Club Euro­pe” – Movie Recommendation

Club Euro­pa” – A Movie to Encou­ra­ge Dis­cus­sions About Our Own Poli­ti­cal Power

Dri­ven by the wish to do some­thing good – also based on a guil­ty con­sci­ence not being dedi­ca­ted enough to help’ in ever­y­day life – Mar­tha con­vin­ces her flat­ma­tes Yas­min and Jamie, to invi­te a refu­gee to live with them in the spa­re room of their apart­ment in Kreuz­berg, Berlin.
Short­ly after, media­ted by an NGO, Samu­el moves in. Life tog­e­ther is cha­rac­te­ri­zed by a fri­end­ly tog­e­ther­ness; within the walls of the apart­ment, Mar­tha, Yas­min, Jamie and Samu­el grow clo­ser. When the situa­ti­on of their Cameroo­ni­an house­ma­te Samu­el takes a dra­ma­tic turn, the dedi­ca­ted Mar­tha and her flat­ma­tes have to face the ques­ti­on: How far do they real­ly want to go, to help?

We are fea­turing this movie not just becau­se the sto­ry goes along our topics here, but becau­se Fran­zis­ka M. Hoe­nisch who made this movie is the litt­le sis­ter” of Flo­ri­an Hoe­nisch the initia­tor of Bet­ter Together.

See the trailer:

Regis­seu­rin Fran­zis­ka M. Hoe­nisch about her movie: The rese­arch for Club Euro­pe star­ted in spring 2014. Back then the­re was more and more covera­ge about the refu­ge to Euro­pe. During high-school I was lucky enough to be an exch­an­ge stu­dent in South Afri­ca, stay­ing at a host fami­ly. Host fami­lies for refu­gees – that would be a good thing, I thought. The Youth Wel­fa­re Ser­vice had the same idea. In autumn 2014 the NGO Refu­gees Wel­co­me” was foun­ded, which helps refu­gees find a room in shared flats. Our sto­ry deve­lo­ped in real time with the rea­li­ty of what was hap­pe­ning. First it see­med very important for me to set a good exam­p­le of a suc­cessful inte­gra­ti­on with the film. Though through many con­ver­sa­ti­ons with peo­p­le direct­ly affec­ted and an honest exami­na­ti­on of our own com­fort zone it beca­me clear that we wan­ted to mir­ror our own apo­li­ti­cal gene­ra­ti­on, inclu­ding our­sel­ves. I hope the movie encou­ra­ges dis­cus­sions about our own poli­ti­cal power. ”

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