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1. A Bigger Splash (2015)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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74 Metascore

The vacation of a famous rock star and her boyfriend in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson

Votes: 24,014 | Gross: $1.98M

2. Styx (I) (2018)

94 min | Drama

6.5
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78 Metascore

"Styx" depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

Director: Wolfgang Fischer | Stars: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld

Votes: 1,894 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Happy End (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

6.7
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72 Metascore

Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

Votes: 10,688 | Gross: $0.30M

4. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Tommi Korpela, Kati Outinen

Votes: 9,323 | Gross: $0.18M

5. More (2017)

115 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees from war-torn countries to Europe, giving them temporary ... See full summary »

Director: Onur Saylak | Stars: Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Hayat Van Eck, Turgut Tuncalp, Tankut Yildiz

Votes: 1,594

6. The Rest (2019)

78 min | Documentary

7.2
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"The Rest" is a documentary by Ai Weiwei about refugees who arrived in Europe, the world's bastion of human rights. These refugees fled war and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Weiwei Ai

Votes: 28

7. Welcome to Norway (2016)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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A couple decide to open a home for refugees in the remote cold mountains of Norway, and gets a lot to deal with.

Director: Rune Denstad Langlo | Stars: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Olivier Mukuta, Slimane Dazi, Henriette Steenstrup

Votes: 991

8. Be Aware and Share (2016)

90 min | Documentary

8.9
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A small idea grows to a big mission, when a group of young Swiss people escape the everyday life to engage in volunteering abroad. A social response to the European refugee crisis 2015.

Director: Omid Taslimi | Stars: Jenny Bachmann, Philippe Baumann, Sandra Baumann, Lilian Becker

Votes: 8

9. The Border Fence (2018)

112 min | Documentary

6.9
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With precisely composed shots and detailed interviews with local police officers, hikers, farmers and small business owners, the film explores the few square kilometers at the Brenner Pass, telling an urgent story of Europe in the process.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 43

10. Those Who Feel the Fire Burning (2014)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Drama

7.0
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A story, told by the wandering ghost of a dead man, about the hopeless existence of refugees stuck at the edge of Europe.

Director: Morgan Knibbe

Votes: 247

11. Refugee Lullaby (2019)

72 min | Documentary

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"Refugee Lullaby" is a story about human compassion, about Hans Breuer, who cannot sleep at night knowing there are refugees who need help, two hours' drive away from his bed.

Director: Ronit Kertsner | Star: Hans Breuer

12. Humanity on Trial (2019)

72 min | Documentary

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Humanity on Trial follows humanitarian Salam Aldeen as he is accused of human smuggling by the Hellenic Coast Guard.

Director: Jonas Bruun

13. Warehoused (2017)

72 min | Documentary

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An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year. The feature-length documentary, "... See full summary »

Directors: Asher Emmanuel, Vincent Vittorio | Stars: Liban Rashid, Adbi Halwo Ali, Abdihalim Mo, Rafiq Copeland

14. The Pianist of Yarmouk (2017)

13 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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The real-life story of Aeham Ahmad: a classically-trained musician attempting to escape the war in Syria.

Director: Vikram Ahluwalia | Star: Aeham Ahmad

15. Hotel Splendid (2016)

90 min | Documentary

7.6
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The story of an African community that lives in an Italian tourist hotel turned into an emergency camp for refugees.

Director: Mauro Bucci | Stars: Essa J. Darboe, Adama Sangare, Baomar Touray

Votes: 7

16. Moustafa, the Imam of Lesvos (2016)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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The documentary deals with Moustafa Dawa and the task he has undertaken in the island of Lesvos: Moustafa was born in 1986 in the area of Gharbia, Egypt. He studied Languages and ... See full summary »

Directors: Méri Charitonidi, Elma Neykova

17. Do vetru (2018)

78 min | Drama

4.7
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Director: Sofie Sustkova | Stars: Vladimír Polívka, Jenovéfa Boková, Matyás Reznícek

Votes: 9

18. Lesbos SOS (2015 TV Movie)

8 min | Documentary

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A short documentary following British ex-pat Eric Kempson and his family who live on the Greek island of Lesbos. For months they struggled to give the most basic of humanitarian assistance ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Ward | Stars: Elleni Kempson, Eric Kempson, Philippa Kempson

19. Seinäjoen arabikevät (2019)

90 min | Documentary

5.8
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Director: Matti Reinikka | Stars: Shihab Ahmed, Pekka Annala, Antti-Jussi Hirsimäki, Alex Karkonen

Votes: 65

20. The Swarm (2015)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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A short documentary about The Jungle, the migrant camp in Calais. Three migrants talk about why they left their home countries, their journeys and experiences travelling across continents and what they hope to find if they reach England.

Director: Hector Coles

21. Fuck Off 2 - Images from Finland (2017)

89 min | Documentary

6.3
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Director: Jörn Donner | Stars: Jörn Donner, Kalle Nikunen, Tarja Olkinuora, Eija Lassila

Votes: 108

22. Fledgling (2017)

4 min | Animation, Short | Completed

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2017. Northern Jordan. The faded fabric of drapes hung across the tents of a Syrian refugee camp swell and twist in the hot desert wind. Sydu is 4 years old. He holds something in his hands... See full summary »

Director: Juliette Rogasik | Stars: Yves Martin, Luna Innova

23. The Afghan Girl (2018)

11 min | Short, Drama

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One evening in a refugee camp in Greece, a celebrated photojournalist and a young film student have a conversation about photography.

Director: Iben Ravn | Stars: Eleana Georgouli, Stelios Xanthoudakis

24. Between Borders (2017)

50 min | Documentary

8.6
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The film follows the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016 from the perspective of a young Lebanese woman, Boushra Jaber. She came to Serbia in 2015 to work on her PhD. Driven by a deep desire to... See full summary »

Directors: Jelena Gavrilovic, Mirko Rudic | Star: Boushra Jaber

Votes: 8

25. Refugee Diaries (2016– )

Documentary

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A series of personal and first person documentary shorts which have been commissioned by BBC3. Refugee Diaries explores the lives of young asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Star: Thaer Batal

26. Quotation Marks (2017)

7 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Markus Lerchbaum

27. DACA Set to Be Repealed: My Thoughts (2017 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Styx is ambivalent on Trump's planned repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

28. The Pursuit of Refuge (2018)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Drama | Completed

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An intimate portrait of a Syrian Refugee father and his family building a new life from zero, without a job, language, or education, in their new home, the United States of America.

Director: Abdullah Abu-Mahfouz | Stars: Abdullah Abu-Mahfouz, Omar Alabd Al-Khader, Fatema Alabd Al-Khader, Jameel Alabd Al-Khader

29. Simulating Religion (2019– )

Documentary | Filming

A motley crew of religion scholars and computer programmers join forces to combat religious terrorism and the refugee crisis through cutting-edge technology.

30. Menneskesmuglerne (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

6.1
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Directors: Poul-Erik Heilbuth, Georg Larsen | Stars: Janek Lesniak, Calogero Ferrara, Tuesday Reitano

Votes: 7

31. Eisen (2015)

19 min | Short

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Portraits of asylum seekers from all over the world are set among impressions of a dreary life in a strictly composed sequence of images. They tell of hopes for a better life: here, in Germany.

Director: Benjamin Kahlmeyer

32. The Burden of Proof (2016)

33 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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The Burden of Proof follows the struggle of two African asylum seekers as they fight to produce the evidence to overturn their negative decisions in court. But how do they prove what can't be proven.

Director: Stefan Kessissoglou

Votes: 7

33. Secular Talk (2008– )
Episode: Bernie Eviscerates Biden with #NoMiddleGround Speech (2019)

News

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Star: Kyle Kulinski

34. Peston on Sunday (2016– )
Episode: Episode #4.8 (2017)

47 min | News, Talk-Show

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Robert interviews Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond ahead of the Budget. Other guests include David Miliband and the Chinese Ambassador to the UK.

Director: Erron Gordon | Stars: Robert Peston, Allegra Stratton, Philip Hammond, David Miliband

35. Arman ja viimeinen ristiretki (2013– )
Episode: Etiopia - pakolaisleiri (2015)

60 min | Reality-TV

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Director: Tuukka Tiensuu | Stars: Arman Alizad, Tuukka Tiensuu

36. Madam Secretary (2014– )
Episode: Eyjafjallajökull (2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama

7.6
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When the eruption of an Icelandic volcano strands Elizabeth at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, she tries to broker a deal with him to save the lives of thousands of... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Arend | Stars: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller

Votes: 135

37. Skam (2015–2017)
Episode: Jeg er i hvert fall ikke sjalu (2016)

Not Rated | 31 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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Noora is worries that she isn't caring enough about the Syrian refugee crisis. William and his bus crew are raising money they owe after trashing a cabin during Easter, and Noora calls him out on being egotistical.

Director: Julie Andem | Stars: Josefine Frida Pettersen, Thomas Hayes, Ulrikke Falch, Lisa Teige

Votes: 330

38. Dispatches (1987– )
Episode: Myanmar's Killing Fields (2018)

53 min | Documentary

8.0
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For the past five years an undercover network of Rohingya activists have been risking their lives to secretly film evidence of years of repression, violence and mass murder by the authorities in Myanmar.

Director: Patrick Wells | Stars: Will Lyman, Aung San Suu Kyi, Evan Williams, Sabo

Votes: 11

39. Secular Talk (2008– )
Episode: Senator Memed to Oblivion After Trolling on Climate Change (2019)

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Stars: Kyle Kulinski, Mike Lee

40. The Empire Files (2015– )
Episode: The Censored Reality of the Refugee Crisis (2015)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Atossa Abrahamian, Abby Martin, Saskia Sassen

41. The Sargon of Akkad Channel (2013– )
Episode: The Dalai Lama Is a Nazi (2019)

News

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Stars: Carl Benjamin, The Dalai Lama

42. The Empire Files (2015– )
Episode: The Empire's Border: Part I - A Policy of Death (2016)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Fleischman, Chelsea Halstead, Abby Martin, Maryada Valley

43. Arman pohjantähden alla (2016– )
Episode: Turvapaikanhakijat (2016)

60 min | Documentary

5.8
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Director: Arman Alizad | Star: Arman Alizad

Votes: 9

44. Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil (2019)
Episode: Unstoppable (2019)

59 min | Documentary

8.0
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The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants from North Africa, Syria and beyond triggers a fresh crisis in the EU, divides Europe's leaders and leads to a controversial deal with Turkey.

Votes: 6



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