Directed by: Ben Sharrock
Staring: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi & Kwabena Ansah
A wry and poignant view of the international refugee experience, set on a remote fictitious Scottish island where a group of asylum seekers await the results of their asylum claims, including Omar, a young musician, who has carried his father’s oud all the way from his homeland. The film avoids the familiar emphasis on the exploitative hopelessness of refugees seen in many films and instead depicts the absurdities of misplacement with a refreshing narrative angle and great perceptiveness. It is infused with sadness and humour whilst also being empathetic. A comedy that savours its remote environment while keeping its subjects at the centre of the story.