Fri 19 Aug 6.30PM: Refugee Women

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 6.30 pm at the RIO CINEMA
REFUGEE WOMEN + panel discussion with Sarah Graham (freelance journalist; communications executive, Women for Refugee Women), Ntombi (dancer, musician, ex-detainee featured in Women Speak Out! Ntombi) and Melissa Chaplin (Researching Multilinguality at Borders). Chaired by Vivienne Hayes (CEO, Women’s Resource Centre)

Set Her Free WORLD PREMIERESet Her Free 1
Director: Priya Sundram / 2016 / UK / Rating: PG / 4 mins
This short animation, produced by Women for Refugee Women, highlights the experiences of refugee women, many of whom have survived sexual violence and torture, who are detained in Yarl’s Wood. It tells the story of one woman, Margaret, who suffers political persecution, imprisonment, rape, and torture in her home country, before fleeing to the UK on a false passport to claim asylum. She is escorted to Yarl’s Wood detention centre, where she is locked up. The animation highlights the parallels between Yarl’s Wood and her previous imprisonment in her home country, and how detention forces her to relive her trauma.

Women Speak Out! Ntombi
Director: Women’s Resource Centre / 2015 / UK / Rating: PG / 5 mins
The Women Speak Out! campaign by the Women’s Resource Centre aims to bring women’s voices into the media, and to empower women to feel confident in telling their story. This short film is a result of that campaign. Ntombi, a refugee, speaks out about her experiences.

The Ambassador’s Wife (Eshet Hashagrir) EUROPEAN PREMIEREAmbassador's Wife 3
Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis / 2016 / Israel / Rating: 15 / 40 mins / Subtitled
The Ambassador’s Wife is a tale of loss and endurance, the story of a life turned upside down by political events. Yerusalem is stranded and alone in a foreign land where former friends become strangers and new friends are not what they seem. She will have to find within herself the strength and courage to face her new reality as an asylum seeker. A beautifully shot film from award-winning director Dina Zvi-Riklis.