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World Premiere: Silence Heard Loud (15) (LC) + ScreenTalk (Online)

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still image from Silence Heard Loud

In Silence Heard Loud we meet seven individuals from six countries who journeyed to the UK in search of safety—fleeing from war, terrorism, ethnic hatred, persecution, and domestic violence. 

But the issues now facing Angela, Janahan, Merwa, Michael, Mohamed, Nirmala, and Selamawit are complex: endless asylum procedures with no permission to work, uncertainty about their futures, and the loneliness of longing for family and home. After many years of integrating into their new local communities and rebuilding their lives, their futures are still under threat.

At any moment, the UK Home Office could force them to leave their lives and the relationships they have forged. This artfully crafted film is a reminder of the struggles facing members of our community, and the continued fight for refugees to find freedom and dignity as they navigate the British asylum system. 

Join for a live ScreenTalk with filmmaker Anna Konik, film participant Michael DarkoEnver Solomon, CEO Refugee Council & Yasmine Ahmed, Executive Director UK HRW. 

Poland 2022 Dir Anna Konik 71 min
In English and Arabic with English subtitles

This film contains references to racism, domestic and sexual violence, rape, homophobia, human trafficking and modern-day slavery which viewers may find distressing.

Available to watch on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival streaming platform from
Thu 17 Mar at 12:01am, to Fri 25 March at 11:59pm. Want to watch this title in the cinema? 

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