No place

No place

No Place

               Genre: Documentary
               Refugees, Migration, Chechnya, asylum

Welcome to the Fortress Europe

  Even if the war in the North Caucasus is largely forgotten, but we always get at least an inkling that there still does not mention the weapons. The violence remains by no means in Chechnya and neighboring areas, but paves always made their way to Russia, such as the bombings show to the Moscow subway again cruelly. And even after installing the-Russian Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov Achmatowitsch returns a no rest – to the contrary. No wonder then that the number of refugees from areas of the North Caucasus is growing steadily and they are now the second largest refugee group in the EU.

In no place, the director Kerstin accompanied Nickig four refugees from the unrest Region North Caucasus through their daily lives that is characterized by concern for the relatives, the fear of deportation and the faint hope of a different, a better life. Added to the fear comes from the “emissaries” of the Chechen president to be sent out to political opponents in exile to bring to reason – by threats, intimidation and brute force. At least since the 13th January 2009, when the dissidents Umar Israilov in Vienna, was killed on the street there, among the refugees from the North Caucasus, the naked fear.

That Kerstin Nickig distended despite these difficulties, and numerous other obstacles to some refugees, has the ready are to speak in front of the camera and to report on their situation, one can not estimate too highly. Although it is in their stories again and again to the situation in their homeland, but the view is mostly – addressed possibly for fear of reprisals – to the front and deals with the status as a refugee. Ali, for example, a journalist from Ingushetia, who writes a diary of his exile with the telling title “Salamaleikum Europe,” in which he has recorded his experiences with the wheels of democracy: “The EU bureaucrat working on a form, which describes exactly is to look like an asylum seeker, what to say and what documents he must bring. He has this man then just compare it with its template and make the decision. But one question I would have been: Where there is a test to find out with which one can, which has gone through this or that person? ”

It is a bitter conclusion, which also Tamara and Ruslan, need to connect two other protagonists of the film. Accompanied by interviews with representatives of immigration services, this results in an image of a “Fortress Europe”, in the hopes of a normal life of traumatized refugees in safety and a secure state will be disappointed again and again. However, there is hope: for example, Wacha, who was politically active in his home country, has it (the only one of the imagined here) has so far succeeded, he has received political asylum in Austria. Given the immense suffering that have left many of the refugees behind, and the narrow-minded bureaucracy, they feel exposed, but this is only a tiny glimmer of hope.

No place, its difficult realization among others, the Robert Bosch Foundation has supported two calls to mind moving way: that is conducted in the North Caucasus remains a bloody conflict, prior to the large number of civilians on the run. And that’s restrictive asylum policy needs urgent reform to allow the refugees from these regions a safe home for a while.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: No Place Original Title: Nowhere in Europe Country of production: , Germany, Poland Year of Production: 2009 Length: ( #) 98 (Min.) Distribution: GMfilms

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