The inspiration for The Terminal and Stuck in transit

Earlier today I browsed Wikipedia and came across this amazing story that’s been the inspiration for two movies.

What a strange and unbelievable destiny…  Mehran Karimi Nasseri fled from the Shan in Iran and was awarded refugee status in Belgium but wanted to settle down in UK. Unfortunately, while he was on his way to a detour in France he lost all his papers (they got stolen) and he got stuck at Charles De Gaulle-airport in France.

This was in August 1988. Who would’ve thought at that stage that he would be stuck there until July 2006? Two movies has picked up inspiration from this story; “Stuck in transit” and “The terminal”