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Film screening aims to help Highland pupils understand refugee and asylum seeker struggles

By Gregor White

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Limbo sees four asylum seekers facing challenges on a Scottish island.
Limbo sees four asylum seekers facing challenges on a Scottish island.

As part of Refugee Week 2024 pupils from Dingwall Academy, Culloden Academy, and Inverness Royal Academy are to attend a special film screening at Eden Court.

Limbo, produced in 2020, is a British comedy-drama centring on four asylum seekers staying on a remote Scottish island and taking cultural awareness classes as their bids to remain are processed.

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It is hoped that through the discussions raised in the film the young audience will gain a greater understanding of the personal struggles that refugees and asylum-seekers experience when integrating themselves into a rural community.

A separate screening will also take place for the general public, on Monday at 7pm. Tickets for this are free and available on a first come, first served basis.

And there will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts who will share their views on ‘Rural Scotland, Social Work and Migration.’

The panel will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 7pm with speakers including Colin Turbett, author and leading expert in social work practice and rural setting; Roza Salih, human rights activist and co-founder of the Glasgow Girls; Jen Ang, international human rights lawyer; and Jacqueline Hutchinson, strategic lead for children’s services for Highland Council.

Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Highland Council has organised the Inverness event with third sector partners including Aberlour Children’s Charity, Barnando’s, Gateway, Right There, and Guardianship Scotland. Eden Court Theatre and Cinema is also supporting the event as host.

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