Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films: Bezness as Usual

Film - Feature | May 31 | 6-8 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut San Francisco | Auditorium

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Alliance Française San Francisco

Filmmaker Alex Pitstra was the love child of a holiday romance between Anneke and younger Mohsen in Tunisia. The couple married and settled in the Netherlands, but Mohsen left his young family and Holland after some years. Alex was raised by his single mother. One day, he receives a letter of Mohsen and decides to visit. In "Bezness as Usual" he attempts to get to know his father and straddle his own cultural divide. As it turns out, his parents’ relationship fitted a larger pattern. In the 1970s, young Tunisian men would start love affairs with European women at beaches and hotels as a way to migrate to Europe. It was their business − “bezness” in the vernacular phrasing.