Bilal, a young 17-year-old Kurdish boy, has traveled through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, who recently immigrated to England. His journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel. Having decided to swim across the Channel, Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in the midst of a divorce. To impress his wife and win back her heart, Simon decides to risk everything by taking Bilal under his wing.
Welcome played at the 2009 Heartland Film Festival in the Crystal Heart Awards Sidebar.
Sample Discussion Guide Questions
• Welcome is a film that explores the impact of French immigration laws on refugees and French citizens alike. How did the subject matter of this film impact you? Did it open your eyes to an issue about which you were not already aware?
• Think of both Bilal and Simon, a refugee and a French citizen respectively. How did these immigration laws impact each person individually?