Released earlier this year to wide acclaim, this story about a group of refugees awaiting word on their asylum claims is both poignant and wry as directed by British director Ben Sharrock, who sets his tale on a remote Scottish island.
Focusing on Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who was famous back home for playing the oud, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument, “the narrative occupies a liminal space somewhere between the downbeat reality of displacement, racism and Islamophobia, and mournful dreamlike sequences. The director maximizes the inherently surreal elements of this purgatory at the intersection of safety in Europe and the looming threat of deportation.” (LA Times)
In English & Arabic. Subtitled