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Asylum Week Event in Hackney on Friday 21st June 2007: Asylum Life

posted by megan | 13.06.2007 12:08

Asylum Life. Films for Refugee Week and discussion with directors and people featuring in the films and Guardian journalist Natasha Walter, founder of 'Women for Refugee Women'

21 June 2007, 7.30pm

St Mary’s New Church Rooms
(Stoke Newington Church St, opposite Clissold Park)

Tickets £5, including refreshments. Concessions £3

Films of Asylum Life

Asylum, 2006, Director Jenny Abbott
Four women asylum seekers talk about the horrific events that forced them to flee their homes, and the despair they experienced on having their claims for asylum turned down in the UK. Asylum was made with the Black Women's Rape Action Project and the All Africa Women's Group, for the launch of Women for Refugee Women, a campaign for the rights of women seeking asylum in the UK. (10 minutes).

Many Happy Returns, 2006. Ricochet Films
Each year around 2,500 children arrive in the UK without parent, guardian, identification or documentation. Until their 18th birthday the Home Office grants them 'Leave to Remain', a home, a school place and small weekly allowance. But once they turn 18, they have to apply for asylum. 90 per cent are turned down and can be deported at any time. This film follows the lives of three 17-year-old asylum seekers who have spent their teenage years growing up in the UK. (30 minutes)

The Uncomfortable Story of the British Empire: Prisoners without a Crime, 2007. Director: Natalia Iwaszko
The experience of asylum seekers in detention in the UK is explored through interviews with three men from Uganda and Gambia. Iwasko is a student of Journalism and Communication Studies at London Metropolitan University. (8 minutes)

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the planned Hackney Migrant Centre

Organised by Hackney Refugee and Migrant Support Group and St Mary, Stoke Newington. Phone 07791 991416 or 020 7254 6072 for more information.

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