Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
Sun Nov 17, 16:00
Film, Rose Lipman Building, £6
A powerful portrait following the experiences of four LGBT asylum seekers; Subhi, a gay man from Syria who having survived multiple death threats from Islamic terrorists, beatings by a homophobic father, and a nation devastated by war, finds his voice as a leader for refugee rights in the U.S.
Cheyenne and Mari, a lesbian couple from Angola who having faced brutal harassment from family and neighbours, seek uncertain asylum through the American immigration courts while pursuing their dreams of becoming musicians. Junior, a gender non-conforming gay man from the Congo who on arrival in San Francisco struggles to find even basic housing and livelihood, while exploring a more fluid gender identity. The documentary highlights the vast network of people and organisations available for help.
Whilst set in America, the film resonates with the situation here in the Uk, as we continue to exist in an atmosphere of anti immigration and closed borders. The film blows open myths about easy paths to LGBTIQA+ citizenship, capturing the hostility of borders and their effect on human life.
dir. Tom Shepard | USA | 2018 | 84min