Harragas in Mediterranean illiterature and cinema
in Reimagining North African Immigration
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This chapter focuses on literary and cinematic representations of unauthorized maritime journeys. It explores how literature and film have addressed the issues at the core of clandestine migration, a topic Mediterranean writers and filmmakers born and living in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, France, and Italy have tackled increasingly since the late 1990s. The chapter also focuses on Tahar Ben Jelloun's Partir, published in English under the title Leaving Tangier, and Mohamed Teriah's Les "harragas" ou Les barques de la mort, which translates as '"Harragas," or, the Boats of Death'. Cinematic works, like their literary counterparts, provide crucial information on the subtleties of maritime clandestine migration in general. Additionally, they are significant representative and representational mirrors of a Mediterranean reality that concerns legislators, activists, and advocates of burning. The films Harragas and Io, l'altro were directed by Merzak Allouache and Mohsen Melliti respectively.

Reimagining North African Immigration

Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film


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