English + Arabic
Where you can watch: Prime Video
An offbeat observation of the refugee experience. On a fictional remote Scottish island, a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar, a young Syrian musician burdened by the weight of his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.
Announcing the arrival of a major homegrown talent in filmmaker Ben Sharrock, Limbo is a deadpan delight bursting with humanity. Illuminating the hopes and hardships of the refugee experience, this wry, poignant, and bracingly funny ode to the kindness of strangers is the British film of the year.
Why did you choose this film:
The film gives an insight into some of the experiences that asylum seekers and refugees face after arriving in the UK, and the cultural differences they have to navigate. The main character is a Syrian refugee, who struggles to keep in touch with his family, some of whom are in Turkey and others who chose to remain in Syria. It is also interesting in its portrayal of the local residents of the Scottish island, and their differing responses to their new neighbours.