Dumfries cinema to show moving and controversial film, Kurdi, about one man’s journey from wartorn Iraq

Dumfries cinema to show moving and controversial film, Kurdi, about one man’s journey from wartorn Iraq

Robert Burns Cinema, 7,30pm, Friday 18 June

As part of Refugee Week Scotland, the Robert Burns Cinema will be showing the award-winning film Kurdi, which tells the moving and absorbing story of one man’s journey from wartorn Iraq to Scotland.

Kurdi is a collaboration between refugee Peri Ibrahim and acclaimed filmmaker Doug Aubrey. It was nominated for a BAFTA in 2009 and has since toured the world.

Sparked by his experience covering the murder of Firsat Dag in Glasgow’s Sighthill in 2001 for Channel 4 News, Aubrey set out to tell the tale of those seeking asylum in Scotland. He met exiled Kurd Peri Ibrahim and would go with him back to a newly liberated Kurdistan in 2004.

Doug Aubrey said: “In an attempt to simply fit into life in the western world a lot of asylum seekers and refugees won’t talk about their past lives. Kurdi is a film about one of these people in search of a past, a present and, even though we didn’t know it at the time, a future.”

Belinda McElhinney, Refugee Week Scotland Co-ordinator, said: “Kurdi is one of those films that you will never forget. Peri made the journey from the killing fields of Kurdistan to Glasgow, and here he shows with utmost honesty the struggle he has in reconciling those two lives. It’s a must-see.”Read more about Refugee Week Scotland on our community blog: www.refugeeweekscotland.posterous.com

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For the full listings information go to www.refugeeweekscotland.com or contact media officers Clare Harris or Karin Goodwin on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763

 

 

Notes to editors

 

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council.

 

  1. Refugee Week  is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2010 will take place from June 14 to 20.

 

  1. The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

 

Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

 

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