Stopover (L’Escale) by Kaveh Bakhtiari; Filming at the Borders Film Series


Date: Oct 13, 2016

Click here to watch curator Nora Philippe introduce the series.

This is the opening night of a special film series curated by Nora Philippe and presented by the Columbia Maison Française.*

Stopover was directed by Kaveh Bakhtiari, 2013, 100 min.

Film screening followed by panel discussion with director Kaveh Bakhtiari and Professor Seyla Benhabib, moderated by Nora Philippe.

Genre: Documentary. French-Swiss co-production.
Filmed in Greece. Languages: Farsi, Greek, English, with English subtitles.

New York City Premiere 

In Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a very modest flat which has become a place of transit for migrants who, just like him, chose to leave their country. But Greece is only a stopover, all of them hoping to reach other Western countries. They find themselves stuck at Amir’s, waiting for ID documents, contacts, and the smuggler to whom they might entrust their destiny. Of Iranian origin himself, Bakhtiari stayed one year in the flat with the film’s characters, in total secrecy, smuggling the footage every month to Switzerland. Stopover is his first feature-length documentary and in addition to premiering at Festival de Cannes (Quinzaine des réalisateurs), it was featured in over 20 festivals around the globe. It also won the Special Jury Prize at the International Francophone Film in Namur, the Critic’s Prize at New Cinema Festival in Montreal and the Colombe d’Or New Talent Prize at DOK International Festival in Leipzig. “The strength of ‘Stopover’ lies in the personal and immediate, capturing the insecurity of people desperate to make a new, safer life for themselves, yet hampered by a system designed to be impenetrable.” (Variety)
*Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today was curated by Nora Philippe and is presented by the Columbia Maison Française. Co-sponsors at Columbia University are the Maison Française, European Institute, the European Union’s Getting to Know Europe Program, School of the Arts, MA in Film Studies – School of the Arts, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Theory, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alliance Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Institute of African Studies, and Columbia Global Centers – Europe.

Support for this film series has been generously provided by the Knapp Family Foundation, the Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., LaScam, Unifrance, the Institut français and the European Union’s Getting to Know Europe Program.

Date: Oct 13, 2016

Click here to watch curator Nora Philippe introduce the series.

This is the opening night of a special film series curated by Nora Philippe and presented by the Columbia Maison Française.*

Stopover was directed by Kaveh Bakhtiari, 2013, 100 min.

Film screening followed by panel discussion with director Kaveh Bakhtiari and Professor Seyla Benhabib, moderated by Nora Philippe.

Genre: Documentary. French-Swiss co-production.
Filmed in Greece. Languages: Farsi, Greek, English, with English subtitles.

New York City Premiere 

In Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a very modest flat which has become a place of transit for migrants who, just like him, chose to leave their country. But Greece is only a stopover, all of them hoping to reach other Western countries. They find themselves stuck at Amir’s, waiting for ID documents, contacts, and the smuggler to whom they might entrust their destiny. Of Iranian origin himself, Bakhtiari stayed one year in the flat with the film’s characters, in total secrecy, smuggling the footage every month to Switzerland. Stopover is his first feature-length documentary and in addition to premiering at Festival de Cannes (Quinzaine des réalisateurs), it was featured in over 20 festivals around the globe. It also won the Special Jury Prize at the International Francophone Film in Namur, the Critic’s Prize at New Cinema Festival in Montreal and the Colombe d’Or New Talent Prize at DOK International Festival in Leipzig. “The strength of ‘Stopover’ lies in the personal and immediate, capturing the insecurity of people desperate to make a new, safer life for themselves, yet hampered by a system designed to be impenetrable.” (Variety)
*Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today was curated by Nora Philippe and is presented by the Columbia Maison Française. Co-sponsors at Columbia University are the Maison Française, European Institute, the European Union’s Getting to Know Europe Program, School of the Arts, MA in Film Studies – School of the Arts, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Theory, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alliance Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Institute of African Studies, and Columbia Global Centers – Europe.

Support for this film series has been generously provided by the Knapp Family Foundation, the Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., LaScam, Unifrance, the Institut français and the European Union’s Getting to Know Europe Program.

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