SYNOPSIS

 Colis Suspect (meaning Suspicious Package in French), wants to answer the following question: What’s behind Europe’s Fortress? The documentary, mainly shot in France, focuses on the EU system of borders and migration, as well as the persuasion and influence of the security industry lobby.

The film counts with ten interviews with experts in law, migration, security, defense industry and international relations. In addition, our analysis is articulated together with the story of Mohammed, a poet and activist for the rights of the undocumented and a refugee from Sudan living in Paris.

The documentary explores how the idea of security has been reformulated in the current context of economic crisis and terrorist alert. Why is Europe fortified? What does it affect and who does it benefit?

SYNOPSIS

 Colis Suspect (meaning Suspicious Package in French), wants to answer the following question: What’s behind Europe’s Fortress? The documentary, mainly shot in France, focuses on the EU system of borders and migration, as well as the persuasion and influence of the security industry lobby.

The film counts with ten interviews with experts in law, migration, security, defense industry and international relations. In addition, our analysis is articulated together with the story of Mohammed, a poet and activist for the rights of the undocumented and a refugee from Sudan living in Paris.

The documentary explores how the idea of security has been reformulated in the current context of economic crisis and terrorist alert. Why is Europe fortified? What does it affect and who does it benefit?

INTERVIEWS

Claire Rodier

"The business of migratory security begins in Europe during the years 2000 and is closely linked to two main aspects: the fight against terrorism and the fight against irregular immigration"

Claire Rodier. Lawyer and co-founder of the Observatory of migrations, Migreurope, in Paris. Expert on asylum and immigration. Author of the book ‘Xénophobie Business’

jordi calvo

"War is made with weapons; war is with the arms of many companies that are now promoting and benefiting from the bussiness of building a fortress in Europe"

Jordi Calvo. Economist. Director of the Pau Delàs Peace Study Center, in Barcelona. Researcher in peace and security matters. University professor, specialized in conflict resolution, armament and the economy of defense and cooperation. 

Catherine Woollard

"These terrorist attacks have nothing to do with refugees. I will not explain to the mainstream European media why it has nothing to do, when already a Google search will link 'refugees' and 'terrorism'"

Catherine Woollard. General Secretary of ECRE (European Council on refugees and exiles).

"The african kids have been left with only two options: to choose between a boat or a 'kalashnikov' as a way of survival"

Mbuyi Kabunda. Doctor in International Relations and African Studies. Professor at UAM.

The idea behind Colis Suspect emerges from laColumna.cat, an online magazine created in 2013 by Arsomnia Productions, a non-profit audiovisual production company based in Barcelona (Spain). Both organizations consist of young groups of film and journalism students, willing to pursue their own projects and ideas in different formats. Our collective principles are: initiative, diversity and solidarity.