The Virtual Migrants short film Refusing The Refused, by Kooj Chuhan in collaboration with ASHA (Asylum Support Housing Advice), is featured on the ASHA website in their new video section of critically important films about the asylum system. Check the videos out at http://www.ashamanchester.wordpress.com .
Refusing The Refused is a film about asylum destitution, which was premièred at Z-Arts centre during Refugee Month 2013, and is reproduced here to view as follows:
The blog project, “Life Without Papers”, created by Len Grant, features stories of undocumented migrant families and young people. Undocumented migrants have nothing. They are not allowed to work. They have no right to state benefits nor to a place to live. They are unseen and potentially the most vulnerable group in the UK today.
Undocumented (or irregular) migrants include those trafficked into the sex trade or for domestic servitude; they include visa overstayers; those whose asylum applications have been refused and others who have been subject to failures in the immigration system. All of these may originally have come to the UK legally.
VM members Tracey Zengeni, Aidan Jolly and Sai Murray will be performing at this UniTEA Arts and Culture Event at The Brink in Liverpool today as part of Refugee Week. It’s a free event, open to all with tea, coffee and cakes of the world (!) available for the first 100 people.
Arts and Culture event to celebrate the positive contribution made by refugees to the culture, history and heritage of the UK
This is an arts and culture event, with 4 acts across the evening. The main theme of the evening is celebrating the positive contribution refugees have made to the culture history and heritage of the UK.
Tracey Zengeni is Zimbabwean artist who is bringing several pieces of her art to show and talk about, in addition to some acapella . Raj Govindarajah is a Sri Lankan film maker who has made a film about his friends experience of fleeing Sri Lanka and becoming a refugee in Britain. Aidan Jolly and Sai Murray are a musician and poet respectively, who have worked with many refugee and migrant groups.
There will also be a ‘Cakes of the World’ section, where desserts from common refugee origin countries will be available for attendees, and they can guess where the desserts originate.
In addition, there will be an ancestor mapping activity to plot the journeys of attendees relations throughout history.
The event is open to all, with free drinks tokens available to the first 100 people. It would be preferable if attendees could RSVP to: Jhughes@redcross.org.uk.
From 19/06/2013 to 19/06/2013
From 16:00 to 19:00
21 Parr Street