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Issue 2407

Leave to Remain

This drama tells the story of a group of asylum seeking children living in Britain. It focuses on Abdul, originally from Afghanistan.

Leave to Remain is the first feature film from Bruce Goodison, Bafta award winning director of television dramas and documentaries.

We are given an insight into the arduous, complicated and often cruel system that these children have to go through. 

It is clearly well researched, covering the minute details of the asylum process including interviews, age assessments and appeals.

Real asylum seekers play the main characters. Its release date is timed to coincide with Refugee Week (16-22 June).

Adam Cochrane

Directed by Bruce Goodison, released 20 June

Snippets of Hope by Fetlework Tesfaye 

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Fetlework Tesfay presents her reflections on  displacement, community and hope as a refugee living in Britain.

The exhibition will also include the work of local school children, made during workshops with the artist. Part of Refugee Week.

Launch event Sun 15 June, 3pm-6pm, Exhibition 16-21 June, 11am-4pm, Holy Biscuit, 1 Clarence Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1YH. Free entry

My Friend Selma 

Tells the true story of a group of asylum-seeking children from Bosnia living in Britain. 

An hour-long storytelling performance for children over eight years old. Part of Scottish Refugee Week.

Saturday 21 June, 10.30am & 1.30pm, Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow. £3.50-£6

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