Cinema The Glasgow Girls – Kendal Amnesty Group Special Screening (12A) 120 minutes

A heart-warming true story of what determination, conviction and solidarity can achieve in the fight against injustice

In 2005 15-year old Agnesa Murselaj and her mother, both Kosovan Roma refugees, are seized in a dawn raid and remanded while waiting deportation. Six of Agnesa’s fellow pupils – both immigrant and native Scot – at Drumchapel High School in Glasgow are outraged and organise a petition to stop proceedings. This grows into a fully-blown campaign to end dawn raids and the incarceration of minors, which the girls take to the Scottish National Parliament, winning huge support along the way and garnering them the Scottish Campaign of the Year award. Agnesa’s expulsion is halted and five years later the girls’ victory is complete when the national government puts an end to impromptu raids and the detention in remand centres of minors.

Using contemporary musical moments to enhance the story and its themes, this powerful award-winning film features a talented young ensemble cast, complimented by Gary Lewis who plays their teacher.

Director: Brian Welsh
Writers: Joe Barton, Brian Welsh
Stars: Letitia Wright, Olivia Popica, Kirstie Steele, Gary Lewis
Running time: 60 mins

An Amnesty Kendal screening for Refugee Week in the Brewery Warehouse
Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm
No tickets required, donations on the door

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