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Asylum (2003)

Fleeing persecution and torture in northern Iraq, three young Kurds, Mahmoud, Rezghar and Saman, smuggle themselves into Britain aboard a freight train. Arriving in London they register for... See full summary »

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Nigel Barker
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gary Condes Gary Condes ... Officer Reid
Tony Resta ... Ali Shamal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Boyce Frank Boyce ... Cynic
David Bradley ... Father Michael
Fuman Dar Fuman Dar ... Rezghar Farman
Nabil Elouahabi ... Mahmoud Nasdar
Mark Mooney Mark Mooney ... John Hourihane
Dina Mousawi Dina Mousawi ... Lana Baram
James Petherick James Petherick ... Father Thomas
Jake Seal Jake Seal ... Mark
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Fleeing persecution and torture in northern Iraq, three young Kurds, Mahmoud, Rezghar and Saman, smuggle themselves into Britain aboard a freight train. Arriving in London they register for asylum but soon experience the first blast of bureaucracy, as their papers are lost in the system. When Saman is detained in prison and the police attempt to arrest Rezghar, he flees and hides in a church where Father Michael is leading a service. So begins a lengthy standoff with the police and immigration officers as the priest offers sanctuary to both Rezghar and Mahmoud and the church becomes the focus of intense media attention. With Father Michael under siege from armed police, the Press, racist neighbors and his own superiors, tension mounts until something - or someone - threatens to break. Nigel Roffe-Barker's poignant social drama looks beyond politics to the desperate human stories behind the newspaper headlines. Boasting heartbreaking performances from Dar, Bradley and former EastEnders... Written by Nigel Roffe-Barker

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19 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Refuge See more »

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So underrated
9 February 2007 | by BigmoviefanSee all my reviews

An independent film that I saw at a festival - and it really affected me.

I won't spoil the plot but the story centres on three guys who escape from Saddam's Iraq and make it to Britain. When they get there, they realise that bureaucracy is their next biggest enemy. I was not the only one crying by the end of the movie. Great performances from the main actors and a story that still works now - even after Saddam's death.

It's a crime this film hasn't got a distribution deal. If you get the chance, see it


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