MMB ‘in motion’ Film Group

in motion is an MMB film group bringing together students and researchers interested in the subject of migration in film and cinema. We hold regular screenings followed with informal conversations about the issues raised by the films.

in motion is organised by Naz Massoumi, Lecturer in Film and Television and MMB Challenge Co-ordinator – Representation, Belonging, Futures.

Everyone is welcome!


Hold Back the Dawn, Mitchell Leisen, 1941

Wednesday 17 November at 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, The Cinema, 5th Floor, Richmond Building, Bristol, BS8 1LN + Google Map

Screening and discussion on a forgotten Hollywood classic about love at the border: Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen, 1941). Directed by underrated Hollywood director Mitchell Leisen, and co-written by Billy Wilder, Hold Back the Dawn (1941) is a melancholic romantic drama centring on Georges Iscovescu (Charles Boyer, Gaslight), a Romanian refugee stuck in a Mexican border town and facing an eight year wait for entry into the United States due to quota laws. Prodded by his former dance partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern…Find out more »


In This World, Michael Winterbottom, 2002

Shot on digital video camcorders, with non-professional actors, this drama documentary follows two young Afghan boys, Jamal Udin Torabi and his cousin Enayatullah, as they embark on an arduous journey from Shamshatoo refugee camp in Pakistan across Iran, Turkey, Italy and France to seek asylum in the UK. The film received widespread plaudits and won the Golden Bear Prize at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival but it also raised questions around the ethics of its use of two non-professional child actors to play the lead roles, one of whom later repeated the journey to the UK to seek asylum.

Atlantics (Atlantique), Mati Diop, 2019

The Senegalese film Atlantics (Atlantique), was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. This haunting supernatural drama, directed by debuting filmmaker Mati Diop, deals with real-life social commentary through its tale of love, death, class and migration.

More on the film on IMDb >

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