'Welcome' a new controversial film by Philippe Lioret

KurdishCinema - October 09, 2009


‘Welcome’ focuses on the abandoned immigrants trapped
on the shores of Calais, telling the story of a 17-year-old
Kurdish boy named Bilal who is attempting to travel to
England to see his love. Despite not knowing how to swim
very well, he invents a crazy plan to swim the English
Channel. In debt and penniless in the middle of a foreign
country, he is taken under the professional and personal
wing of a local swimming instructor named Simon.
Released in March 2009 in France after premiering at the
Berlin Film Festival, Welcome has fuelled many debates
with its politically controversial stance.

Director: Philippe Lioret • Starring: Vincent Lindon, Firat
Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi, Thierry Godard •
France 2009 • 110 mins • French and Kurdish with

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