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Das Fraulein Documents Refugee Struggles at The Flicks


Three cafeteria workers in Switzerland bond over their Eastern European heritage in Andrea Staka's drama, Das Fraulein, presented by the Boise chapter of the International Rescue Committee.

Leaving Belgrade more than 25 years earlier, Ruza strives for a new life in Zurich. She owns a cafeteria and disregards her past in order to maintain a humdrum, orderly existence. Waitress Mila, unlike Ruza, dreams of returning to her native Croatia and settling down on the coast. One day, Ana storms in looking for a job and attempts to breathe a vibrant jolt of life into the cafeteria. Though Ruza is hesitant and annoyed by Ana's passion, the two form an extraordinary bond. But will Ana's tragic past threaten the women's friendship? Das Fraulein explores the effects of displacement and cultural acceptance.

The film represents the mission of the IRC, which is to provide sanctuary, safety and change for the millions of people who have been affected by oppression and violence.

"I think it will really give our community a view of the struggles refugees go through," said Keziah Sullivan, IRC Community Outreach Specialist.

Sullivan claims the stereotype of refugees refusing to integrate into their new surroundings is false.

"Now that they are here, they want to do whatever it takes to become members of the community," she said.

Tickets are available at The Flicks or by calling the IRC at 208-344-1792. Contact Sullivan for more information at

Wednesday, March 31, 7 p.m., $12, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222,,