Films:

Bride and Prejudice

Year of release: 2004

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Shots of an aeroplane in the opening sequence mark the arrival of the UK-based NRI Balraj and his American friend Darcy, two single men in possession of a good fortune and in want of a wife, to Armitsar. Like Austen’s Mr and Mrs Bennet, Chadha’s Mr and Mrs Bakshi are looking for eligible suitors for their four daughters, Jaya, Lalita, Maya and Lakhi. An Indian wedding (the first of a total of four featured in the film) provides the social setting where Lalita and Darcy, Jaya and Balraj first meet. In keeping with the source novel and the generic conventions of the romantic comedy, the paths of their courtships are rocky. However, it is not the parents’ objection to the inter-ethnic romance the couple has to overcome. Admittedly, Darcy has to be educated in all things Indian – be it dancing, drumming or even keeping his Indian-style trousers from falling down – to recognise that his ethnic snobbery and arrogance vis à vis ‘Hicksville, India’, as he derogatively calls Amritsar, are out of place before he is worthy of the beautiful bride Lalita.  In all other respects, Bride and Prejudice downplays the cultural difference, emphasising instead the commonalities between Indian and Western cultures. Lalita is every bit as independent and assertive as any Western woman and, except for the fact that she wears stunning saris (as well as Western clothes), has little in common with idealised notions of traditional Indian femininity promoted by Bollywood. 

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Filed under: Asian British | Inter-ethnic romance | Wedding / Marriage

Brothers and Sisters / Geschwister - Kardesler

Year of release: 1997

Directed by: Thomas Arslan

Thomas Arslan's second feature film and part of his Berlin-trilogy is a slow-paced milieu study of German-Turkish youth in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The film depicts the every day life, domestic conflicts, dreams and disappointments of three siblings and their aimless, meandering strolls through the Kreuzberg district.

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Filed under: Turkish German

Bullet Boy

Year of release: 2004

Directed by: Saul Dibb

Referred to as British Boyz N The Hood, compared to Juice and Ratcatcher, inspired by Ken Loach's Kes, Saul Dibb's feature film debut Bullet Boy is the story of a futile attempt to break out of a criminal milieu that ends with the protagonist's killing.

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Filed under: Black British | Coming of age | Crime | Mothers | Sons

Burnout / Abgebrannt

Year of release: 2011

Directed by: Verena S. Freytag

Verena S. Freytag's film centres on Pellin, a young single mother with three children living in a high-rise block in Berlin. She is of Turkish descent but her ethnicity is of no relevance to the story. Pellin tries to make ends meet as a tattoo artist but loses her job and is about to lose custody for her children when one of her children accidentally takes some ecstasy pills which Pellin's drug-dealing boyfriend left in the flat. Her last chance is a mother-child-cure on the Baltic sea in Germany. 

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Filed under: Crime | Mothers | Turkish German

Bye Bye

Year of release: 1995

Directed by: Karim Dridi

Ismael and Mouloud, two brothers of Maghrebi descent, make their way to Marseilles, from where the younger of the two is to be sent 'home' to his parents in North Africa.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Crime | Journey | Maghrebi French

Café au Lait / Métisse

Year of release: 1993

Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz

Café au lait is an ethnic romantic comedy that centres on Lola, a beautiful light-brown-skinned woman, of Caribbean descent and Christian, and her two lovers, Jamal, an African diplomant’s son and a Muslim, and Félix, a white, working-class Jew.  She is expecting a baby but she is unsure which of her two lovers fathered the child and enlists the support of both to help her through pregnancy and motherhood.

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Filed under: Inter-ethnic romance | Mothers | Secrets

Couscous / La Graine et le Mulet

Year of release: 2007

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

When Slimane, a North African shipyard worker in the French Mediterranean town of Sète, is pushed into early retirement, he decides to use the redundancy money to buy an old boat in the harbour and open a couscous restaurant. The film charts the various obstacles he encounters and the support his extended family and friends provide along the way. 

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Filed under: Daughters | Ethnic food | Fathers | Maghrebi French

Dealer

Year of release: 1999

Directed by: Thomas Arslan

Can and his girlfriend Jale  live with their young daughter, Meral, in Berlin-Schöneberg.  Can is a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan, who has to keep his customers supplied within his narrowly staked out territory.

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Filed under: Crime | Fathers | Turkish German

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge / DDLJ / The Brave-Hearted Will Take the Bride

Year of release: 1995

Directed by: Aditya Chopra

Simran and Raj, both NRIs brought up in Britain, meet and fall in love on a grand European tour. However, Simran is promised in marriage to the son of a family friend who lives in Punjab. Simran's father, Chowdary Baldev Singh, who prides himself on having retained his cultural values while making a living as a small shop owner in London, is intent on strengthening the bonds with his country of origin by arranging a marriage between his daughter Simran and the son of a family friend, Kuljeet, in Punjab, India. 

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Filed under: Fathers | Patriarchy | South Asian diaspora | Wedding / Marriage

Douce France

Year of release: 1995

Directed by: Malik Chibane

Züli Aladag's feature film debut Elephant Heart is a coming-of-age story about a young boxer in the amateur league, who dreams of going professional but has to learn what sacrifices he has to make if he wants to reaslise his ambition. At the centre of the strory is Marco - played by Germany's rising star Daniela Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin! and The Edukators) - a young amateur boxer searching for his own identity. 

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Filed under: Maghrebi French | Wedding / Marriage

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Levitra Priligy
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