Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport

Mehran Karemi Nasseri, who now goes by the name “Sir Alfred”, has been living in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. For the past twelve years he has been waiting for the document that would allow him to leave. Unlike the story that has been told in the world press of a man trapped in the underground terminals of an airport, dubbed the, “strangest case in immigration history”, this documentary examines the life of a man whose only aspiration is to be somebody else.

  • Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport”, explore the nature of personal identity inaglobalized world. Shot in the off-the-cuff style it…approaches [the subject] as ametaphor for the state in which all immigrants exist, trapped between two countriesand forever locked in transit. —LA WEEKLY
  • This is a carefully investigated documentary about a man who haslivedinanairport for 12 years…His story is that of unusual circumstances inwhichdisplacedpeoplefind themselves — circumstances in which claims and counter claims are hard to prove,rights and wrongs are difficult to establish, identitiesare confused, and individuals are lost. This is a film about displacement, identity, immigration, and individual choices. It is an excellent medium for generating class discussion.  —Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ph.D. Chair of Soc./Anthro., Ohio Wesleyan University
  • This Iranian’s refusal to admit his roots, his total and utter loneliness, and his permanent yet transitory status as an inhabitant of the transparent, borderless and boundary-less space which is Charles de Gaulle Airport, make Sir Alfred a living symbol of the modern and global epidemic of displacement — of not being where you belong and not belonging to where you are. —Setareh Sabati The Iranian Times