Cinema of the World
France / 2009 / French, English, Kurdish dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 110 minutes
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When a 17-year old Iraqi-Kurdish refugee Bilal arrives in Calais, France after an arduous 4,000 km journey from his home, he's almost attained his goal of making it to England to be reunited with his girlfriend, Mîna. But in Calais, to his dismay, the sophisticated deterrents and surveillance systems placed at all possible exit points seem insurmountable and he is trapped in the underworld of illegal immigrants. However, when Bilal befriends Simon, a life-guard at a local swimming-pool, the pair hatch a crazy scheme to get Bilal across to England - by swimming the English Channel.



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