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Welcome by Philippe Lioret

Welcome

by Philippe Lioret
2009 - France - 110 min
November 28, 2017 | 7:00 p.m

As part of its film series "Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of the 2009 film Welcome by Philippe Lioret.

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel -- even though he's unable to swim. Simon Calmat, the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey. The two soon form a strong bond that helps them in unexpected ways.

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through the generous support from TV5 Monde and the French-American Cultural Foundation.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration is presented by AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, the American University School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, DC LaborFest, Goethe-Institut Washington, Immigration Film Festival, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Gallery of Art and SPAIN arts & culture.

Find the complete series schedule on Filmsacrossborders.org

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