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Leaving Greece

Anna Brass / Germany / 2013 /  79 min

Sunday 26th February, 11AM.
Cinema City, Norwich, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4AD

When entering the EU for the first time, a refugee must submit an application for asylum. So much is clear. Less well known, however is the fact that for 90% of all refugees, the Aegean is the gateway to Europe. So what does this mean for Greece? Every aspect of the Greek Asylum system is so overstrained that it has effectively collapsed. No one is allowed to remain in Greece, and yet, according to the EU no one may leave. The Authorities are extremely harsh to those attempting to exit the country. ‘Leaving Greece’ tells the very personal story of three Afghan refugees: Hossein, Reza and Kaka, who have tried for years to break this vicious circle. A film about friendship – and the contradictory European refugee policy.

Winner of Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize at the 2015 RAI Film Festival.

Organised by Film Festival Ambassador Emil Dauncey

Part of the Film Festival Ambassador series. Thanks to our dedicated RAI Film Festival Ambassadors, a selection of films from the RAI Film Festival Archive will be screening in universities and community venues across the UK between November 2016 and March 2017.