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Limbo + Short Film (12A)
Ben Sharrock’s critically adored Limbo is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, it follows a group of new arrivals as they await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician struggling with the guilt, regret and grief that comes with leaving his former life behind. This deadpan comedy-drama from a bold new voice in British cinema shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is mostly only experienced through the headlines.
Catch short film MY NAME IS ANIK before the main feature. Director Bircan Birol desires to learn the mother-tongue her grandmother left behind when she moved from her childhood village to Istanbul. The two attempt to find common ground in a language that holds both the promise of legacy and the memory of loss.
If you're coming to see this film on 21 September, consider making it a double bill and watching The Breadwinner, an animation about a young girl's experience under Taliban rule that we are screening as a fundraiser for girls and women in Afghanistan.
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