Refugees from Globalization: "Clandestine" African migration to Europe in a human (rights) perspective

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In recent years, African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea or being rescued by Europeans in protective suits have become a staple of global news coverage. The international media, however, rarely present the migrants as individuals with personal histories and agency, but tend to portray them as a mass of anonymous ”sufferers.” A host of European films—narrative feature films as well as, especially, documentaries—have taken up African migration but always from a European perspective, and always with the migrants as exactly that: migrants, thus reducing their diverse identities to just one common label. In contrast, African films on the subject—the chapter takes a closer look at four narrative feature films from francophone West Africa—present individual Africans who become migrants because of a general lack of opportunities in their home countries; a lack of opportunities that is largely due to policies imposed by international organizations like the IMF and the World Bank, as well as the European Union. The films thus invite their spectators not only to empathize with African migrants, but also to look upon them as ”refugees from globalization,” and to ponder why ”the pursuit of happiness” is not considered a universal human right.
TitelAfrican Cinema & Human Rights
RedaktørerMette Hjort, Eva Jørholt
Antal sider23
ForlagIndiana University Press
Publikationsdato1 mar. 2019
ISBN (Trykt)9780253039422, 9780253039439
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780253039460
StatusUdgivet - 1 mar. 2019
NavnStudies in the Cinema of the Black Diaspora

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