Must a homeland necessarily be located on a map? When does someone feel like a stranger in his own city? When does a stranger feel safe? In the fifth season, filmmakers pursue the phenomenon of feeling like a stranger.
In nocturnal Athens a baby quietly cries. Strange sounds of the yet undiscovered city penetrate through the window. How does the newcomer experience this world?
Pursued by Hamas, the Palestinian writer Basem Al-Nabriss found in Barcelona the peace that he wishes for his country. Waiting impatiently for a better future, he writes.
José came with his parents from Portugal to Bordeaux 40 years ago. He guides us through the city on the River Garonne, where Old Town and modern architecture are inextricably intertwined.
Stephan has commuted by train to Brussels since childhood. The north-south connection of the city has a special meaning for him: it is art, phantom pain and typical Belgian compromise all at the same time.
Ralph comes from West Africa; he now lives in Weissenfels near Leipzig, and basketball is everything for him: favourite activity, release valve for frustration and future prospects.
Olivier Barrette plays R. For society, R., who suffers from schizophrenia, is a stranger. Released for a few hours from hospital, he fantasizes – while holding fast to a few truths.
In Nuremberg Michael operates Germany's first accommodation for lesbian, gay and transgender refugees – a refuge from fear, hatred and discrimination.
In 1979 Thomas fled from the former GDR. Today he lives in Oslo. A violinist at the Norwegian National Opera, he knows that music can give you the feeling of home in a foreign country.
Once a village on the outskirts of Beijing, Yuegezhuang filled with life in the 1980s when migrants from the southern province of Jiangxi settled there. Even after three decades, however, they still feel like strangers the city.
Her city often gives her the feeling of being alone and in difficulties. But Simona wants to lead an ordinary, everyday Roman life, even if she is in a wheelchair and doesn’t talk like the others.
Carmen doesn’t speak Basque, even though she has lived in the Basque Country all her life. To overcome this alienation from her own culture, she is taking an intensive course at a Barnetegi, a boarding school for adults.
Shobana comes from Sri Lanka. She has lived in Australia since 1998. In Sydney she teaches classical Indian dance and helps immigrants to start a new life in a foreign country.
The sound artist Eriko captures the harmonies and dissonances of Tokyo. She alienates everyday sounds and experiments with poetry between white noise and raindrops.