The Mediterranean Sea is a place of exquisite beauty, bounty and riches. Certainly we think that of the European side, but in Algeria, it’s simply the body of water that separates them from hope and a better life. Tens of thousands brave the 200 KM distance, unknown thousands never make it.
Americans have finally built a wall completely separating their land from Mexico. Instead of keeping out immigrants, they hope to keep out illegal aliens of the non-terrestrial kind.
Hana’s acting career is cut short due to her Jewish background while her husband’s career couldn’t be better. He rises from reporter to radio personality. The Germans use him to be their propaganda mouthpiece.
While on a fishing trip he comes across a Turkish man hiding from the border patrol. At first reluctant to help, he eventually takes him back home. Language is a major barrier between the two. Somehow the immigrant conveys that he’s heading to Germany to be with his son.
This is some seriously engaging stuff. When prison dramas are done well, it can transcend the small confines of the setting. This is one of those times.
Mahmud must quickly become a Jew, he recruits help from an American Jew Cab driver Lenny. It’s complicated by the arrival of his son’s future father in-law, a controversial Iman, Mahmud must play up his Muslim-ness while learning about being a Jew.
After attending Sunday church service in town, two friends come across an abandoned red leather couch. Manuel convinces Dado to take it back to their dorm. With no money to hire a truck or allowed on the bus, they’re left little choice but to carry it back. It’s a scenic and funny journey.