Dariusz JABLONSKI (Apple Film Production), Izabela WOJCIK (Apple Film Production), Violetta KAMINSKA (Apple Film Production)
IMMIGRANTS is based on a tragic event which took place in a Canadian airport in October 2007 when a Polish immigrant who had been waiting over 10 hours at border control was killed when an airport security guard stunned him with a Taser gun. IMMIGRANTS tells the story of three main characters: LESZEK, a quirky, 40 year old unemployed man from Poland. His trip to visit his mother living in a North American metropolis is part of a program to reunite families and is the first international journey in his life. Unable to communicate in any foreign language, stressed out and frightened, he comes up against the mutli-leveled machinery meant to screen immigrants and is met with the complete indifference of the airport staff. ZOFIA, LESZEK’s mother, an immigrant making a living cleaning rich people's houses. For her the long-awaited arrival of her son and the prospect of seeing him after being apart for a long time is a chance to make it up to him for having left him alone in Poland years before. ALAN, a 30 year old man living in the same North American city as ZOFIA. Although he brushes against immigrants on the street from time to time, his experiences with them are mostly limited to his job at the airport where he works as a police and security officer. He sticks to the rules and regulations of his job when dealing with those he detains as well as with his co-workers. The fate of these three people intersect one day, at one place – the airport. LESZEK is killed by an airport security guard using a Taser gun in line with existing regulations. ZOFIA does not see LESZEK but gets a telephone call informing her that her son was found at the airport and had died due to a heart attack. The story of IMMIGRANTS is an opportunity to reveal the attitude wealthy societies have towards immigrants from poorer countries based on a more or less hidden aversion towards them which often develops into xenophobia; on treating the immigrant work force as an unavoidable nuisance.
Partners & financing
Looking for partners (co-producers) Europe and in Canada or United States