What is it about?

People in Western host societies assume that refugees are traumatized and sad victims of their own circumstance. This paper gives an example of how an Iranian filmmaker proves this cliché to be wrong.

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Why is it important?

Refugees who came to Europe and Western America from Muslim countries over the last five years have increasingly been described as Islamist threats or victims of Muslim value systems. This is changing the perception of their integrability in host countries. This paper shows that counteractions are needed to make sure they are represented in more truthful ways.


Currently the way refugees are talked about and want to be seen is one-sideded. I hope this paper makes people rethink assumptions they make about the identity of millions of people who had no say in their forced displacement.

Benjamin Nickl
University of Sydney

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This page is a summary of: Not your sad, sad refugee: Ali Samadi Ahadi’s comedic rejection of the forced migrant’s identity crisis, Journal for Cultural Research, April 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2019.1665893.
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