Gastarbajterji

Migrant Workers

  • Short Documentary Film
  • 20’
  • 2007
  • Slovenia

The documentary film Migrant Workers Back Home is a poetic portrait of three former migrant workers who left Yugoslavia in the seventies to try their luck in Germany. The economic boom of post-war Europe produced an increased demand for labour. Hence so-called Gastarbeiter (guest workers), mostly from Yugoslavia and Turkey, were invited to work in the car industry. Whereas Germany became a new hom

The documentary film Migrant Workers Back Home is a poetic portrait of three former migrant workers who left Yugoslavia in the seventies to try their luck in Germany. The economic boom of post-war Europe produced an increased demand for labour. Hence so-called Gastarbeiter (guest workers), mostly from Yugoslavia and Turkey, were invited to work in the car industry. Whereas Germany became a new home for some of these workers, the protagonists of the film decided to return to their home country. However, back home they had to realise that a lot of things had changed, not only people, but also the political system a new state had been born. During insightful interviews, Malika, Jože and Marija speak about their experiences of leaving their families, living in a foreign country and returning home.

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Alternative title
Migrant Workers (english)
Production countries
Slovenia
Technical data
Duration and length
20 minutes
Colour
Colour
Screening formats
video Digital Betacam

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