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: The Crossing and Stateless on Lesvos

We are very happy to announce the return of the GRAMNet and BEMIS film series!

This month, on Wednesday 19th October we will launch the series with a double bill of The Crossing and Stateless on Lesvos.  Guy Smallman, director of Stateless on Lesvos, will join us for a QnA after the film. Refreshments and drinks will be provided after the films in the CCA cafe-bar.  All welcome.

The Crossing. (2015)

Director: George Kurian

Running time: 55 mins

Arabic with English subtitles


The Crossing takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – Hope.

On a summer night, a group of Syrians wade quietly into the Mediterranean, with little children, a cat and little packets of food wrapped in cling-film held above their heads to climb into little boats that will take them to a fishing boat waiting in deeper waters. The little boat keels over from imbalanced loading. In the panic in the dark waters to save the children, they lose the cat and most of the food and water they have. A mother of 2 young children wants to return ashore, but it is too late, the police may have reached the beach and the only way available is into the sea.

They are journalists, engineers, a musician and a psychologist climbing aboard an old unseaworthy fishing boat, manned by desperate smugglers who have never before sailed beyond coastal fishing waters. They make it to Europe, only to find out that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead. Months of uncertainty and waiting, living in one centre after another, takes a toll on their spirits, as they confront what being a “refugee” means.


Stateless on Lesvos. (2015)

Documentary: UK / Greece (2015)

Director: Guy Smallman (Reel News)

Running time: 27 mins


Stateless on Lesvos was shot over 3 days on the Greek island now famous for receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey. Film maker Guy Smallman concentrated not on refugees themselves but on the incredible dedication and humanity of the Greek and international volunteers assisting the most vulnerable people on the planet as they attempt to reach a place of safety.


This screening and reception organised and sponsored in partenrship with AHRC project ‘Responding to Crisis: Migration and the Humanities in the 21st Century‘ led by Mariangela Palladino

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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