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1 New Londoners Immigration Narratives in Contemporary Polish Culture Kris Van Heuckelom K.U.Leuven

2 A Polish emigrant boarding the 'General Grant' (1907, Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

3 Adam Mickiewicz, The Books of the Polish Nation and the Polish Pilgrimage (Paris 1832)

4 Manuela Gretkowska, We Are Immigrants Here & Paris Tarot (Warsaw 1991 & 1993)

5 Londoners, Polish Public Television (TVP 1), (2 seasons, 29 episodes)

6 Mazierska 2009 Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004 (in K. Burrell (ed.), Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004)

7 Mazierska 2009 Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004 “they [Polish films] treat an emigrant as an anomaly from the norm and a problem for which somebody is to blame” (p. 123) “Polish emigrants are rarely featured in films produced in other countries” (p. 109)

8 UK 1982 dir. Jerzy Skolimowski

9 The Grass Is Greener Everywhere Else BRD 1989 dir. Michael Klier

10 The Illegal France 1994 dir. Jean-Louis Bertucelli

11 Ant Street Austria 1995 dir. Michael Glawogger

12 The Ballad of the Windscreen Washers Italy 1998 dir. Peter Del Monte

13 The Polish Bride The Netherlands 1998 dir. Karim Traïdia

14 Austria 2003 dir. Ruth Mader

15 Four Weeks in June Sweden 2004 dir. Henry Meyer

16 UK 2007 dir. Ken Loach

17 UK 2007 dir. Dominic Lees

18 UK 2008 dir. Shane Meadows

19 Strong identification of labor migration and Polish ethnicity ”Labor migrants are (often) Poles” “Poles are (often) labor migrants”

20 Two categories The action takes place 1. during communism 2. after the fall of communism

21 First category 1. Polish main characters 2. Rare & unpleasant contacts with locals 3. Tragic elements

22 Moonlighting

23 Second category 1. Polish & local main characters 2. “Interethnic” love story 3. The newcomer ”helps” the locals and ”solves” their problems

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25 “postmodern migrant”

26 “political emigrant”

27 Exile vs. Gastarbeiter

28 Andrzej

29 Andrzej’s future father-in-law

30 Polska vs. Obczyzna

31 Nina

32 Interethnic romances & marriages

33 Season 1, final episode (engagement of Darek & Mariola)

34 Season 2, final episode (wedding of Darek & Mariola)

35 Season 2, final episode (wedding of Andrzej & Asia)

36 Polish couples in Londyńczycy

37 Nina

38 Paweł defends Polish interests

39 Andrzej the Polish problem solver

40 New Londoners Immigration Narratives in Contemporary Polish Culture Kris Van Heuckelom K.U.Leuven


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