‘A World Not Ours’ is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.
‘I came from the unknown to sing’ – Ghazi Hussein is an award winning Palestinian poet and writer living in Scotland. This short film explores his poetry as the narrative thread to unravel the complex emotional journey he has traveled through and how he came to eventually call Edinburgh home.Find out more »
Our shared equalities and human rights hustings will offer an opportunity for our collective members and others to consider the manifesto commitments of the political parties within the context of prevailing equality and human rights issues.Find out more »
‘Welcome to Refugeestan’ – This film focuses on the way the UNHCR manages camps that shelter more than 16 million refugees all around the world, creating a virtual country as large as the Netherlands.
How does the UNHCR run these camps and train its representatives? How can they deal with the urgent needs of thousands of new refugees that arrive each day? How has this emergency response turned into a durable situation with an average stay of over fifteen years? What are the long-term perspectives for this kind of response to humanitarian urgency?
Shot all around the world – Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, the border of Greece/Macedonia – and in the UNHCR offices.Find out more »
Launch of the 2017/2018 GRAMNet/BEMIS Film Series, showing ‘Constance on the Edge’.Find out more »
A new edited collection about Scotland’s Muslim communities has recently been published by Edinburgh University Press. One of the first collections of essays about Scottish Muslims, chapters focus on issues as diverse as health, education, gender, sexuality, politics, integration, family and the media. Contributions also focus on political participation, multicultural nationalism as well as citizenship practices and integration strategies.
You are invited to a launch of this collection where there will be a chance to hear from and meet with a number of the contributors.
Wallah – Je tu jure tells the stories of men and women travelling along West African migration routes to Italy. Senegal’s rural villages, Niger’s bus stations and “ghettos” full of traffickers, Italian squares and houses the the backdrops of these courageous trips, which often end in tragedy.Find out more »
With special guest Professor Tom Devine Part of the ‘Scotland’s Diverse History’ Series. Minority Community considerations and discussions celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. This lecture will be based on as-yet-unpublished research on ten immigrant groups who have settled in Scotland over the last fifty years or so. It will consider such key questions as their motivation for coming, the scale and impact of movement, the experience of the migrants in Scotland, how Scots have responded to…Find out more »
To mark the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Part of the ‘Scotland’s Diverse History’ Series. Minority Community considerations and discussions celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Participants: Dr. Stephen Mullen and Panel TBC Dr. Stephen Mullen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Glasgow, having completed a PhD at the same institution in 2014. He has published a number of articles on Scotland and the Caribbean, and his first book It Wisnae Us was released in…Find out more »
To mark UN International Migrants Day Part of the ‘Scotland’s Diverse History’ Series. Minority Community considerations and discussions celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology An Illustrated talk by writer and broadcaster Billy Kay, author of The Scottish World. Drawing on a lifetime of exploring, writing and broadcasting about Scots, their culture and journeys across the globe, Billy Kay reflects on the history of the Scots in Poland. Billy will celebrate the historic cultural connections which developed between…Find out more »
In observance of International Migrants Day. Also the final part of BEMIS’ Scotland’s Diverse History lecture and film series. Scotland’s Memoir Short: Scotland (2017) | Director: Etienne Kubwabo | 30 mins As part of Scotland’s celebration of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, BEMIS Scotland have commissioned Cre8tive Entertainment to explore Scotland’s story via the eyes of our diverse ethnic and cultural minority communities alongside civic representatives, artists and historians. What has shaped modern Scottish identity? How does…Find out more »