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But Where Are You Really From? The Good Immigrant (15*) + ScreenTalk

T A P E Collective Presents / BSL & HOH

Two girls read travel guides for the Middle East and Iran in a still from Homeland

The first programme, The Good Immigrant, explores the ‘good immigrant’ trope experienced by refugees, and children of immigrants where acceptance is afforded to those deemed best behaved.

The films in the programme offers a look at shaping an identity beyond labels and emergence from generational and ancestral trauma.

Hosted by Dalia Al-Dujaili, journalist (it’s nice that, Azeema mag) and editor of The Road to Nowhere zine, we’re joined for the ScreenTalk by filmmakers Awate Abdalla, Asena Nour Oyzoyn and Susy Pena to explore their overall experience of working with personal themes of identity and belonging, as well as their process.

The films are HOH-captioned and the ScreenTalk is signed live in BSL, as well as live-captioned.

The first in a three-part series presented by T A P E Collective, of programmes of short films by mixed heritage filmmakers around the themes of identity and heritage, exploring othering, belonging and the trouble of melting pots.

Film programme running time approximately 86 min

Please note that some of the films contain discussion of trauma and references to sexual assault, child abuse, suicide, asylum and racism.


I Was Told There’s Freedom Here
A human refugee from another planet describes their family's experiences facing discrimination, gentrification and the violence of British bureaucracy.
Dir Awate Abdalla 6 min


as british as a watermelon 
mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.
UK 2021 Dir Graham Clayton-Chance 28 min


This is Forever 
With dreams of being the best ancestor she can be for her teenage son, Indigenous Bolivian single mother applies for a Visa to remain in the U.K. while embarking on a journey of healing the wounds of her past.
UK 2021 Dir Susy Pena 11 min

Golden Jubilee 
Suneil Sanzgiri’s signature blend of 16mm sequences, 3D renders, direct animation, and desktop aesthetics are vividly employed in this lush, and ghostly look at questions of heritage, culture, and the remnants of history.

UK  2021 Suneil Sanzgiri 19min


Following yet another argument with her mother Miri seeks refuge in her best friend, the beautiful and rebellious Elle. Whilst out meeting some boys, something happens leading Miri to re-evaluate her identity.
UK 2021 Dir Ndrika Anyika 12 min


Homeland Trilogy 
A trilogy of short documentaries ('Fatherland', 'Motherland', 'Homeland') mapping out the personal migration stories of the filmmaker's family, as well as a look at a generation of young Muslims in multicultural London.
UK 2017 Dir Asena Nour Oyzoyn 7 min

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