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I am Nasrine Rated 15

Marking the start of Refugee Week, a fundraising screening on behalf of Asylum Welcome - a local charity supporting refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Sister and brother Nasrine and Al live in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for: their father orders them both to relocate to the UK. Arriving in Britain, their fate and their future are far from certain.

Nasrine is quick to settle into her new life, making friends with Nichole, a member of the Gypsy traveller community. However, Ali struggles with the realities of life in the UK, as well as his awakening sexuality. Then comes 9/11, and a surge of prejudice and hostility from her adopted community. As Nasrine finds the courage to accept her fate, she discovers that the end of her journey is really just the beginning.

Writer/director Tina Gharavi was nominated for the outstanding debut award at this year’s BAFTAs.

"I finally watched I Am Nasrine. It made me cry. It is a film that captures the beauty of human interactions - tentative and curious - and is full of ideas about how to frame and tell a story [...] It is profoundly relevant and puts to shame many portrayals of Iranian people." Mark Cousins, Film Historian & Critic

“I Am Nasrine is a tender and affecting coming of age movie. Tina Gharavi is one to watch out for. Heartening and uplifting to come across an Iranian woman filmmaker with Gharavi’s magical yet methodical talent." Jackie Kay, Poet & Novelist


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