Calais: the Last Border (Marc Isaacs, 2003)
The festival is very fortunate to be able to welcome Marc Isaacs as one of its special guests on February 15th. He is one of the leading documentary directors on TV today, and Calais is one of his most famous films.
If one film in the “Transition” section of the day screams out “liminal spaces” it is this one. The world evoked here is one of borders, boundaries, camps, fences, wires; today (Calais asylum seekers), yesterday (the story of a Kindertransport “survivor”), and as a general state of mind (the Roast Beef/Frog divide). In a European continent rife with hysterical narratives on migration, this film of a few years ago is a sobering reminder that the limbo-land of foreignness is one that we are all subjected to at some point. It should be, therefore, a point of contact for us, not one of separation and derision.
A clip from Calais can be found on the Marc Isaacs Films website: http://www.marcisaacsfilms.com/calais.html
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