Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Someone Else’s America

Goran Paskaljevic (1995)

France, UK, Germany, Greece

The film features the experience of immigrant laborer Bayo (Miki Manojlovic) who is working hard to bring his grown up children from Montenegro to New York. It is a film that shows life in the multicultural ghetto, where Chinese and Montenegrins intermarry and befriend Basque-Spaniards. Even though the film is set predominantly in the US, it is a European production; the director is Serbian who lives in Paris. Someone Else’s America is one of the first films to exclusively focus on the specifics of living in diaspora as a general condition of today’s world. Registering the experiences of migration, the film sets a more general trend of films showing migrants interacting on the periphery of society, where traditionally isolated spheres actively mix and worlds that were unlikely to touch or collide now intersect and overlap.

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