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Bristol - Event Notice
Sunday June 17 2012
Start Time: 07:00 PM
Two powerful short films about Asylum!
Sue Clayton introduces her film Hamedullah: The Road Home – following the fate of an 18 year-old deported to Afghanistan – Best Short Documentary at this year’s London International Film Festival. Followed by 1000 Voices – an animation by Ctrl.Alt.Shift contrasting official rhetoric with the horrific realities that have forced detainees to flee to the UK.
Every year about 2000 lone children come to the UK, escaping war-zones like Afghanistan and Iraq. They settle into British life, do well at school, make friends – but, as soon as they turn 18, they’re arrested in terrifying dawn raids and flown out on secret ‘ghost flights’ to be dumped, penniless and unprepared, back in the war zones they fled from. Sue Clayton covertly filmed young Afghan Hamedullah as he was led away barefoot in the rain, handcuffed to Border Agency guards. She had given him a tiny video camera – and, for the first time, we are able to see a reality unfold that the Home Office would much rather we didn’t.
Voice-messages from imprisoned asylum seekers haunt an abandoned Ministry basement while upstairs a pompous official lectures teenagers about the UK’s asylum system.
Two screenings: 7pm & 9pm at The Cube Cinema, 4 Princess Row, Bristol BS2 8NQ, 0117 907 4190. Tickets: £5 (£4 concs) - free to refugees & asylum seekers. Part of national Refugee Week.