Gifts of welcome: Precarity, intimacy and the gift in Die Farbe des Ozeans (Peren, 2011) and Welcome (Lioret, 2009) Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; This article examines the role of Europe as gift in Lioret's Welcome (2009) and Peren's Die Farbe des Ozeans (2011) by focusing on gestures of welcome extended by white European characters to undocumented migrants. In both films, these gestures include gifts, in the form of money, shelter or skills taught, that play an important narrative role, but subordinate refugee characters' lives and stories to the emotional needs of white European 'givers'. In this way gifts of welcome become violent acts that reinforce European assumptions about European political and epistemological superiority, and paper over the existence of colonial and racist violence that continues to produce precarious lives.

publication date

  • January 1, 2020

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • August 6, 2020 5:44 AM

Full Author List

  • Stehle M; Weber B

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1601-829X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2040-0586

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 69

end page

  • 83


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