Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

Film Series and Refugee Festival: TRANSIT ZONE // IF I WERE YOU

This will be our last film series screening until the launch of our next series in October later this year.

*** this screening will happen on Thursday, instead of our usual Wednesday evening at 6pm ***

This month, on Thursday 16th June 6pm, we will be marking World Refugee Day with a double bill screening of Frederik Subei’s Transit Zone (2015) and Colin Morris’s If I Were You (2015) as part of the Scottish Refugee Council‘s Refugee Festival.

Transit Zone (2015)
Running time: 32 mins


‘Transit Zone’ is a character-driven documentary about refugees in Calais trying to cross the border to Britain. Life is harsh in the middle of the winter in makeshift camps in the small harbour town. The longer we follow the daily routine of life in Calais the more we learn about the past and dreams for the future of our characters. They are determined and full of hope to make it one day onto one of the lorries leading to the UK – and hopefully a better life.

As part of Scottish Refugee Council’s Refugee Festival, a photographic exhibition by Iman Tajik accompanies Transit Zone, see HERE for more details.


If I Were You (2015)
Running time: 12 mins

A short documentary about the hidden lives of asylum seekers in Ireland

I grew up as 2nd generation Irish – a ‘plastic paddy’ one of the millions scattered across the globe. Ireland was always the place I wanted to call home but couldn’t. One day I learnt of a system that is holding and restricting the lives of people who have claimed asylum in Ireland. Over 4,300 people live in this confined system known as ‘Direct Provision’, many for 4-5 years or more, for some as long as 10-11 years, waiting to hear the outcome of their application. I wanted to learn what it could be like to live in Ireland within a system like this.


Doors open at 5.30pm. Screenings start at 6.00pm.

As usual, screenings are free and welcome to all (age restrictions apply). To guarantee a seat please come early, as tickets are on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.


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