„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.
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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. ”