In this world

Michael Winterbottom (2002)

Docudrama 89 mins. The film follows two young Afghan refugees, Jamal Udin Torabi and Enayatullah, as they leave a refugee camp in Pakistan for a better life in London. Since their journey is illegal, it is fraught with danger, and they must use back-channels, bribes, and smugglers to achieve their goal. The film won the Golden Bear prize at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.

Balseros

Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech (2002)

Documentary, 120 mins. In the summer of 1994, a crew of TV reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans with their relatives before they set out to sea in home-made rafts bound for Florida. The crew then catch up with survivors rescued at high sea and interned at Guantánamo. Seven years later, the crew again visits the same people to find out about their new lives in the US.

Migrant Express

Mumin Shakirov (2009)

Documentary, app 45 mins. Thousands of migrants travel from Tajikistan to Russia each year in search of work. For many, the trip begins with a gruelling four-day train journey from Dushanbe to Moscow, during which they endure police inspections, cramped quarters and brutal heat. RFE/RL correspondents Mumin Shakirov and Alexander Kulygin travelled with a group of Tajik migrants on one such journey, experiencing the same hardships and recording the stories, hopes, and fears of four people seeking work in Russia.

Adio Kerida

Ruth Behar (2002) 

Documentary, 82 mins. Distinguished anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic Jews and chronicle her family’s journey to the US as Cuban-Jewish exiles. Highlighting themes of expulsion and departure that are at the crux of the Sephardic legacy, Behar seeks reconciliation with Cubans on the island and advocates for the possibility of return and renewal. She debunks myths about the country’s Jewish community and unravels the influence of interfaith marriage, Afro-Cuban santería, tourism and the embargo on contemporary Cuban-Sephardic cultural identity. The result is a bittersweet, lyrical, and often humorous portrait of modern-day Cuba that few know exists today.