“When Paul Came Over the Sea:” Borders and (In)Humanity
Where: Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
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As part of KINO!2018, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation about When Paul Came Over the Sea between Jakob Preuss, the film’s director, Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Çiğdem Ipek, and Christian Martin, which will be moderated by Noah Isenberg.
Paul is a migrant from Cameroon. He has made his way across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he now lives in a forest waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean Sea. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is researching a film about Europe’s borders. Soon afterwards, Paul manages to cross over to Spain on an inflatable rubber boat. He survives – but half of his companions die on this tragic 50 hour odyssey. Once in Spain, instead of getting psychological help, he is sent to an immigration detention centre on a prison island. It is only upon his release that Jakob and Paul meet again, at a Red Cross shelter in Granada. Because of the economic crisis in southern Europe, Paul decides to continue on to Germany, the former colonizing power in Cameroon and the country of his dreams. When Paul comes to Jakob’s homeland, Jakob has to decide: will he become an active part of Paul’s pursuit of a better life, or remain the detached filmmaker? In the end the film takes a twist that neither Paul nor Jakob could have expected when they first met in the forest in Morocco. The film tells the story of their unusual friendship; a friendship that grew in the politically problematic context of the ongoing European debates on migration.
“When Paul Came Over the Sea:” Borders and (In)Humanity is a DAAD-sponsored event.Buy tickets/get more info now