With a commentary by Urmila Goel and a video interview with Navina Sundaram.
Followed by a discussion with Urmila Goel and Merle Kröger
The Indian family Chatterjee is to lose their right of residence after almost 25 years of legal presence in Germany. What unfolds, as told from the perspectives of the couple, their two children, the authorities and supporters, is a complex case beyond clichéd images of victims or perpetrators. Sundaram presents us with a cinematic dissection of the case that goes down to the smallest details. In this way, the film undermines the usual arguments of the authorities and ends with an appeal: to reform the law on foreigners and a less labor market-oriented granting of residence permits to migrants, some of whom have paid taxes and unemployment insurance contributions in Germany for decades.
Urmila Goel is a cultural anthropologist, trainer and private lecturer at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research areas include racism and gender theory, west-german privilege in united Germany, and migration from South Asia (especially India) to Germany.