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Refugee Week 2017

Preview: Stranger in Paradise + discussion

In this provocative documentary film an actor poses as a teacher to question refugees and asylum seekers.

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Netherlands 2016
Dir Guido Hendrikx
English subtitles

In this highly provocative scenario, an actor posing as a teacher confronts actual refugees and asylum seekers with extreme political attitudes and regulations on arrival in their host country. In contrast to an observational depiction of a crisis, this riveting film builds to a climax in which the various participants learn of their fate. Stranger in Paradise heralds an exciting new directorial voice in documentary filmmaking.

The following panel will attend the post-screening discussion: Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, is a British barrister and human rights campaigner, and Robert Lloyd, who has worked with young refugees arriving in the UK and is currently service manager for refugee support, anti-trafficking and international family tracing for the Red Cross in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. They will discuss the issues with chair Julian Petley, professor of Film and TV at Brunel University and a member of their Knowing our Rights initiative.

This screening is part of the Crossings project. Crossings is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme organised in partnership with The Goethe-Institut and with support from the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Please note that this screening is not the UK Premiere as listed in the Southbank print guide. The UK Premiere will take place at Sheffield Doc/Fest on 12 June and the London Premiere will take place at the ICA London on 15 June as part of the Crossings project. We apologise for any confusion caused.

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