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 GRAMNet/BEMIS Film Series brochure is OUT!

What role can films representing migration and asylum issues play today as we continue to bear witness to the European political crisis regarding people and borders? In the last few years we have seen a proliferation of documentary and feature films on the subject, alongside the renewed attention to refugee matters. Such a surge in film production around refugee experiences not only makes selecting films for the GRAMNet / BEMIS film series much more difficult, it also brings important ethical issues of filmmaking to the foreground. It is for this reason that we try as much as possible to have post-show discussions to reflect upon the films and take advantage of that generative and discursive space that emerges from watching films together as a community.

The films we have selected this year come from all over the world, including Australia, Czech Republic, Palestine, Norway and Scotland with an especially strong component of the series coming from the African continent. One film depicts the stories of women making the perilous and heroic journey from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, another celebrates creativity and diversity in Ghana, and another explores the situation of indigenous peoples being evicted from their ancestral lands in the name of conservation.

As usual the series also showcases a mix of filmic devices and dramatic styles: one, a Scottish short with no dialogue whatsoever; another one in which animation depicts horrors that the camera cannot access; and our closing film in the series – an intimate and touching portrayal of a 3-year-old who makes her way from a war-stricken country to Sweden – is filmed one meter from the ground for an immersive filmic experience from the perspective of a child. As ever, the resoundingly strong message throughout the series is that human beings persevere, co-operate, and bring each other hope in places and times where it is sometimes in short supply.

GRAMNet is very grateful for the generous support we receive from our partners, sponsors, distributors and directors so that we can keep our film series free and open to all. Developing this work with the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, the Equality and Diversity Unit and our long standing partners in the film series BEMIS, together with their focus on the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology.

Screenings are accompanied by forums and Q&A for everyone to share their views and thoughts in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The audience is warmly invited to congregate in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Cafe following each screening to continue our informal discussions.

Events are free of charge and open to everyone

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Download our brochure here: GRAMNet Film Series Booklet 2017/2018

Screenings are free of charge and open to everyone (some age restrictions apply). They are accompanied by forums, discussions and Q&A for everyone to share views and thoughts in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The Film Series is hosted by the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA).

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

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