Mehran Karimi Nasseri


Mehran Karimi Nasseri
Mehran Karimi Nasseri
Born مهران کریمی ناصری
Mehran Karimi Nasseri

1942 (age 68–69)
Masjed Soleiman, Iran

Mehran Karimi Nasseri (مهران کریمی ناصری pronounced [meɦˈrɔːn kʲæriːˈmiː nɔːseˈriː]; born 1942), also known as Sir, Alfred Mehran (including the comma),[1] is an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport from 8 August 1988 until July 2006, when he was hospitalized for an unspecified ailment. His autobiography has been published as a book and he may have been the basis for the movie The Terminal.

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Early life

Nasseri was born in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company settlement located in Masjed Soleiman, Iran. His father was an Iranian physician working for the company. Nasseri stated that his mother was a nurse from Scotland working in the same place.[2] He arrived in the United Kingdom in September 1973, to take a three-year course in Yugoslav studies at the University of Bradford.

Current position

Nasseri was expelled from Iran in 1977 for protests against the Shah and after a long battle, involving applications in several countries, was awarded refugee status by the United Nations High Commission for refugees in Belgium. This permitted residence in any European country.

Having claimed to have one British parent, although he has produced no evidence to support this, he decided to settle in the UK in 1986, but en route to there in 1988, his briefcase containing his papers was stolen in Paris.[3] Despite this setback, he boarded the plane for London but was promptly returned to France when he failed to present a passport to British immigration. He was initially arrested by the French, but then released as his entry to the airport was legal and he had no country of origin to be returned to; thus began his residency at Terminal 1.

His case was later taken on by French human rights lawyer Christian Bourget. In 1992, French courts ruled that, having entered the country legally, he could not be expelled from the airport, but it could not grant him permission to enter France.

Attempts were then made to have new documents issued from Belgium, but the authorities there would only do so if Naserri presented himself in person. However, under Belgian law a refugee who voluntarily leaves a country that has accepted him cannot return. In 1995, the Belgian authorities granted permission for him to return, but only if he agreed to live there under supervision of a social worker. Naserri refused this on the grounds of wanting to enter the UK as originally intended.[3]

Nasseri's life at the airport ended in July 2006 when he was hospitalized and his sitting place dismantled. Towards the end of January 2007, he left the hospital and was looked after by the airport's branch of the French Red Cross; he was lodged for a few weeks in a hotel close to the airport. On March 6, 2007, he transferred to an Emmaus charity reception centre in Paris's twentieth arrondissement. As of 2008, he continues to live in a Paris shelter.[3]

Life in Terminal 1

During his 17-year long stay at Terminal 1 in the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Nasseri had his luggage at his side, and spent his time reading, writing in his diary, or studying economics.[4] He received food and newspapers from employees of the airport. Contrary to what many believe, he has never been stuck in the transit area and was therefore free to move.

Documentaries and fictionalizations

Nasseri's story provided the inspiration for the 1994 Tombés du ciel French film, starring Jean Rochefort, internationally released under the title Lost in Transit. The short story, "The Fifteen-Year Layover," written by Michael Paterniti and published in GQ and The Best American Non-Required Reading, chronicles Nasseri's life. Alexis Kouros made a documentary about him, Waiting for Godot at De Gaulle in 2000. Glen Luchford and Paul Berczeller made the Here to Where mockumentary in 2001, also featuring Nasseri. Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard made a documentary called Sir Alfred of Charles De Gaulle Airport in 2001.[5]

Nasseri was reportedly the inspiration behind the character Viktor Navorski, from the 2004 movie The Terminal; however, neither publicity materials, nor the DVD "special features" nor the film's website mentions Nasseri's plight as an inspiration for the film. Despite this, in September 2003, The New York Times noted that Steven Spielberg bought the rights to his life story as the basis for The Terminal.[6] The Guardian indicates that Spielberg's Dreamworks production company paid $250,000 to Nasseri for rights to his story and report that as of 2004 he carried a poster advertising Spielberg's film draping his suitcase next to his bench. Nasseri was reportedly excited about The Terminal, but it was unlikely that he would ever have a chance to see it.[2]

In 2004, the book The Terminal Man was published in several countries including the UK and Germany. The Terminal Man was a full length autobiography co-written by Nasseri and British author, Andrew Donkin. The book was reviewed in the UK Sunday Times as being "profoundly disturbing and brilliant."

Nasseri's story was also the inspiration for the award winning contemporary opera Flight by British composer Jonathan Dove.[7]

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