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NEW SHORTS: Refugee, Asylum & Global Movement
Wed 14 Jan 18:45 Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 3
Immigration in Britain is part of our modern culture and these short films take a look at it in all its diverse glory, from a night in the life of a Turkish taxi driver in ABDULLAH, to rural farm workers in AS HE LAY FALLING and YOKE FARM, to the harrowing experiences in immigration court in THE INTERPRETER. Plus Indra Ové visits family in Trinidad in Kaz Ové’s DUBOIS.
Evrim Ersoy 12 mins
Abdullah is a Turkish mini-cab driver in London who has been forgotten; by the city, by the society and by his own people. Things take a darker turn when Abdullah picks up a fare one night; a young man who notices Abdullah. As the two make a connection, the question becomes clear: can Abdullah change his fate or will he get swallowed by his own dark disconnection.
AS HE LAY FALLING
Ian Waugh 19 mins
Forced to migrate for work, Georgios has travelled to Scotland from Greece. A ghost in a foreign land, he digs peat for food and board on Bronte and William’s rundown highland croft. Trapped within a forced intimacy, Georgios discovers the stark difference between his disappearance and dissolution.
BLACK CAR HOME
David Pearson 18 mins
In this darkly comic tale, Tatiana, a feisty illegal Latino immigrant, is thrown off a ship and told to ‘swim’. Expecting to find herself outside New York, not England’s remote Severn estuary, she’s rescued from the freezing mud by homeless Nathan. Initially scared of his strange motives for living here, a friendship develops, before a surprising visitor launches an adventure.
Kaz Ove 30 mins
A girl recovering over the grief of her husbands death, visits family on the island of Trinidad; there she finds herself strangely drawn to a mentally ill homeless man she sees wandering the streets, and he to her...a metaphysical, spiritual journey follows, ending in an unnerving discovery...
Kyla Simone Bruce 20 mins
Ramzi is an interpreter working in a London immigration court. When he unwittingly gets involved with a client, he realises his job comes with heavy responsibility. Faced with a moral dilemma, he must make a decision that might cost him his livelihood.
Tim Keeling 10 mins
Set in present day middle England, Henry, 55, a divorced Cypriot refugee, owns and runs a grocery store in a sleepy town on the coast. His only son, a missing person, sits on his counter in the form of a collection box gathering pennies.