Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave

Ravin Iran © Rise and Shine Cinema

A series of European documentaries focusing on the topic of migration

A cooperation of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC at UC Berkeley, the Institute of European Studies, the Department of History at UC Berkeley, the Goethe-Institut
San Francisco, and the Alliance Française in San Francisco. Co-sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of the Netherlands-America Foundation.

Organized by Isabel Richter (DAAD-Professor, Department of History and Department of German, UC Berkeley) and Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow and Head of Office of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC)

In contrast to the large-scale, multisite, and flow-oriented projects documenting the trajectories of today’s more than 65 million international refugees, this film series focuses on the portrayal of the individuals’ everyday lives, both migrants and people who are about to be forced out of their country.

Focusing on personal relationships and historical background, these documentaries explore the causes and consequences of international and global migration. A place-specific, historically contextualized narrative shows that the question whether to remain or to leave accompanies people well before and long after their eventual departure. The answer to that very personal question will depend on collective possibilities.