SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies



Date: 24 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 24 February 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

"Stories are what stand between me and being sent back to a place worse than hell".

Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the precarious juncture of having his refugee status decided, when the arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be the difference between life and death, his only options are to tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story? For Omar, and thousands like him, who arrive alone and scared to our shores each year, the asylum system is a cruel game of chance.


Based on real-life stories, Leave to Remain is a coming of age drama that depicts a world hidden from view. Featuring a soundtrack from the hottest band of the year, Mercury Music Prize and Novello Award-winners Alt-J, this provocative debut feature from BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison, is brought to life by  powerful performances from an ensemble cast of emerging talent, young refugees and acclaimed actor, Toby Jones.

For more information please see: The Official Website for the Feature Film 'Leave To Remain’.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director and Cast.

Contact email: Ruby Casey-Knight