We have: A nudist beach in Southern Europe. We have: Illegal immigrants washed up on that beach. Result: A fascinating opening scene of the movie titled ‘The invader’ directed by the Belgian video artist Nicolas Provost known for his short, experimental movies ‘Papillon d’amour’ and ‘Suspension’.
Amadou (role performed by Issaka Sawadogo), one of the immigrants washed upon the beach and also the main character of the movie, arrives in Brussels where he falls in love with Agnès, a brilliant businesswomen. A short romance develops, but the illusion quickly shatters. Following Sawadogo, we see a man who sinks in destructive violence in his search for a better life. At the same time Provost wanted to say something about the time we are living in, a time in which societies are challenged by other cultures due to migration.
When I was studying anthropology, the impact of globalization and the role of migration within and across border on ‘cultures’ (however you would like to define that) became a recurrent discussion theme. Migration interrupts, might lead to clashes (for an example, watch the movie or –even better- have a look around you) and it certainly creates possibilities. The latter is powerfully described in the book ‘The dignity of difference: How to avoid the clash of civilizations’ written by the orthodox Jew Jonathan Sacks, which must have been one of the books that influenced me the most during the past couple of years. His book is powerful call for human dignity in a globalizing world and a must read for anyone interested in the way people interact. Suggestion: Read the book and, once you finished it, enjoy the impressive debut feature of Provost.