One review on 06 Jan 2022

UK 2020

Running time: 103 mins


Director : Ben Sharrock 

Setting: Scottish island
Summary: A group of refugees billeted on a Scottish Island awaiting results of asylum requests.


  • Kwabena Ansah  Abedi (the Nigerian)
  • Vikash Bhai  Farad (Freddie)
  • Amir El-Masry  Omar (the Oud player)
  • Ola Orebiyi  Wasef (the Ghanian boy)

Aspect Ratio: 1.33

Colour: Colour

Sound: Mono

Tech Notes: Mono

First Seen: Thu 6th Jan 2022
Catalogued: 7th Jan 2022


A wry and poignant observation of a segment of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centres on Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud, the king of Arabic music instruments, which he has carried all the way from his homeland, and the three others sharing his billet - Farad from Afghanistan, Wasef from Ghana, and Abedi from Nigeria.


by rogerco on Thu 6th Jan 2022 Streamed proj @ home

Humorous, but slow paced and how true?


The gentle end of the refugee experience

Full review

Well acted and beautifully photographed and well written - but at times a little pointlessly slow. Alright so they are in Limbo where time does pass slowly, but sometimes the photography of scenery seemed to delay the narrative.

It is gently funny, not laugh out loud, and comes across as somewhat truthful - although how many asylum seekers are billeted on a remote Scottish island rather than in detention centres with prison like condidtions.