Welcome

2009 – 110 minutes.

Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has travelled thousands of miles through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, who lives in England. His journey comes to an abrupt end when he arrives in Calais, on the French side of the Channel. He decides to swim across the Channel, and goes to the local swimming pool to take lessons. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor, who becomes his friend.

'Welcome' is both a harsh indictment of French immigration policy and a humane plea for tolerance by director Philippe Loiret.

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Themes
Migration and refugees
Content rating
12
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
mbo - niveau 1 & 2
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
vmbo b/k/t - vanaf leerjaar 4
Director
Philippe Lioret
Country
France
Type
Fiction
Duration
110 minutes
Year
2009