> A colleague of mine is looking for films with plots featuring cultural
> transition(s), i.e. someone going to a foreign country, or someone coming
> home, and in both cases having to make some cultural adjustments and/or
> resisting changes.
> Any ideas?
"Buddha of Suburbia" (novel, bbc mini series)
My Beautiful Launderette
Sammy & Rosie Get Laid
Nordrand. Austria 1999. Several young immigrant girls learn to
cope and make new friends. VHS (PAL, german) at video.polyfilm.at
Born in Absurdistan. Austria 2000. Immigrant/bureaucracy comedy,
directed by Houchang Allahyari. German VHS www.filmladen.at
I Love Vienna. Austria 1991. Immigrant falls in love... Another
Houchang Allahyari film. Does not seem to be available on VHS or DVD,
maybe ask at www.epofilm.at
Angst essen Seele auf - Rainer Werner Fassbinder's romantic
drama about cross-cultural love
Erkan und Stefan - Comedy with two kids (who grew up speaking
bavarian german dialect, apparently) imitating turkish-german prole
slang. Very successful, though it seems doubtful to me whether it's
"integrative humor" or just poking fun at a minority.
Happy Birthday, Türke!
His name's Kemal Kayankaya, but he doesn't speak a single
word of Turkish... and he's working as a private eye in Germany.
Flodder 1 has a poor family moving to an upscale neighborhood,
Flodder 2 has them sent top New York... weird, sometimes funny,
and they don't adjust... much :-)
Possibly "Manchurian Candidate" - Korea vets come home brainwashed
Maybe "Born on the 4th of July" - Vietnam vet returns home,
some culture shock stuff maybe?
Little Big Man - Old man tells how he was raised by the Cheyenne
tribe "Human Beings" and fought General Custer...
Hope this helps
DVD-Home mag, Germany
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu