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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Paul Meschuh
RUNNING TIME
28 Mins.

 "Boat People" Screens in World Cinema at Indy Film Fest 
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Written and directed by Paul Meschuh, the 28-minute short film Boat People tells the story of Moussa, who gets shipwrecked on his way from Somalia to Europe. Rescued by a wealthy couple on their luxury catamaran, he asks the couple to help smuggle him across the border. The couple, Gerlinde and Hannes, are torn between their mistrust of Moussa's motives and their desire to be of genuine help. Described by the filmmaker as a "a political drama of two separated worlds colliding within one global community," Boat People is an intelligent and moving short film and certainly relevant in both its production country of Germany and here in the U.S. given the political climate around immigrants and that ongoing struggle between self-preservation and helping a fellow human being.

Boat People is screening in competition in the World Cinema block as part of this week's Indy Film Fest and is the kind of film that leaves doors open, conversations to be discussed and can't help but make you wonder how you'd respond in a similar situation.

For more information on the film, visit the Indy Film Fest website.

Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic

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