Leave to Remain

Synopsis: Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the point 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, 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 by the award winning band Alt-J, this provocative debut feature from BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison, introduces an ensemble cast of emerging talent, young refugees and acclaimed actor, Toby Jones.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bruce Goodison
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


This film contains strong language and some

scenes which some viewers may find upsetting

I was 14 years old. I live in a

tiny farming area called Nuristan.

The men came to our house.

They grab my brother by the hair

and drag him onto the street.

I hold my sisters back and

try and cover their eyes.

They tie my brother's hands

behind his back and to his feet,

like we do with goats for slaughter.

My father, he just... cries.

I only see my brother's head pulled back

so his neck looks white and soft.


They say it is me next.

When we all leave for

the border in Turkey...

...we are shot at by the guards.

Some people are injured or die.

On the boat to Italy, I

remember counting the people.

There are 19 left.

We started with 31.

Finally, I end up in Oxford.

I thought this was centre of England

because this is where

your words come from...


- ..Well, dictionary.

That is my story. Thank you.

'My story.

'I tell it over and over again,

'until its meaning is lost.

'It's all that stops me

'from being sent back to a

place worse than hell.'

That story, ladies and gentlemen,

was not believed.

And so now Omar faces removal

if his appeal fails next week.

Thank you.

'We are all in this together...

'..but not all of us will be believed.'

BOYS CHA - Hey! - Hey, Omar! - Are you OK?

- Yeah, I'm fine. Come in! - Good, good.

- You all right?

- Hi, Chloe.

- Hiya!

- Come on.

Hey, man, you OK?

- Morning.

- Hello, Mr Nigel. - Morning.

- Morning, Mr Nigel.

- Morning.

- Morning. - Hello.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, sir.

- Good morning.

- Good morning. - Good morning, Mr Nigel.

- Good morning, Alpha.

Good morning, Omar.

Omar, here's your book.

Hey, bro, you got a pen on you?

Thanks, man.

Five Names. Is this you? Is this you?


- So, welcome, everybody. Good morning.

- Good morning.

This morning, we have a few new faces.

- Faces.

- Faces.


Right, er...

Those glasses make you look like Malcolm X.

Thank you, Mr Nigel.

These glasses use a holographic film

- that creates an effect like a dispersive prism.

- Ah! Thank you, Alpha.

So, some of the new faces.

Who have we got? Ah, Umi.

Umi? Am I saying that right?

Umi, where are you from?

Which country are you from?

Which country?


What's your name?


My name is Nigel.

Nigel. What's your name?

- Zizidi.

- And where are you from, Zizidi? Nigeria?

No, no, no, not Nigeria.

- Guinea.

- Guinea. You don't like Nigeria?


She says that Nigerians think

they're kings of Africa.


She says that we have more cows, more gold

and the most beautiful women.

More beautiful women.

More beautiful women, you hear that, Umi?

Not in Nigeria. Is that true?

OK, so, Omar, why don't you tell us

about what you did in the break?

Well, Mr Nigel, Five Names and me

went skiing on the Costa Brava,

then flew off in a private jet

to the Riviera for a spot of wine-tasting.

- Wine-tasting?

- Mm-hm.

Then on our way back, all chilled,

they came out of nowhere - the Feds.

Then they handcuffed us

and dragged us away.


Ah! Welcome, welcome. Another new addition.

You must be Abdul?

Abdul, yes? Yes?

Where are you from, Abdul?

Where are you from?

He says he's from Nigeria.


- Thank you.

Well, I'm going to take a lucky guess

and say you're from Afghanistan.

OK, so can you show me where

Afghanistan is on the map?

If you look at the map, can you

tell me where Afghanistan is?

He doesn't know where Afghanistan

is on the map, Uncle.

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