The Parliament is a short film that gives a glimpse of the lifeworlds of immigrants in Bijlmer, a suburb in the South East of Amsterdam. This suburb is known to harbour immigrants of about 140 nationalities from all over the world. Indeed it is a microcosm of the attempts made by immigrants dealing with the incompatibilities of their adopted culture, to find solace, support and hope in each other. It is coming together to let out the steam, and to bath in bouts of nostalgia. The future is cloudy, and life is a constant struggle to fit in. Stories are lived, shredded and buried in rubbles. And identity blurs - limbo.
The Parliament is a barber’s shop turned space of conviviality and impromptu conversations.