My English Cousin - ()

Directed by Karim Sayad
Documentary | Switzerland, Qatar | 2019 | Arabic, English | 82 MIN

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16 November 01:00 PM
Turning a unique lens to ‘Brexit Britain’, Swiss-Algerian Karim Sayad travels to Grimsby to film his cousin Fahed – a factory worker working 50-hour weeks on low pay, who cannot decide whether or not to return to his native Algeria, where his family lives. Fahed has been in the UK for 17 years – arriving as a young man, brimming with aspirations. But years down the line, he finds himself in limbo between two spaces. Recently separately, he finds new accommodation with a group of working men – his mumbled, garbled English quietly enabling solidarity and friendships, and painting a seldom seen picture of the North of England. Sayad is an astutely observed reflection on migration – beautifully lensed and subtly told, to reflect two societies in transition.

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2019


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