Duns Film Club hosted the Scottish premiere of BAFTA award-winning director Samir Mehanovic’s new documentary Through our Eyes on Sunday 29th April.
A Muslim refugee, Samir fled Bosnia in the 1990s and settled in the UK. In the film he draws on his own experience of claiming asylum in the UK, and travels to meet Syrian refugees in camps, on trains and in their new countries of exile, to understand the lives of families fleeing their homes.
The Q&A session that followed the film included Samir and composer Nigel Osborne, who lives in Cockburnspath and works with Syrian children’s charity SAWA.
That session was as illuminating as the film in conveying the political reality of the Syrian conflict, and the plight and aspirations of the refugees. The event was an emotional journey for both Samir and the large appreciative audience.
Donations were collected for SAWA, a Lebanese grassroots charity supporting Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley through education and training.
Lord-Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Jeanna Swan, thanked and presented gifts to Samir.
Photo: Back (left to right)- Duns Film Club volunteers Peter Wood, Alexandra Wood, Linda Gray and Mark Wilson. Front (left to right) – Derek Janes, Convenor of A Heart for Duns; Nigel, Samir and Jeanna Swan.
Photo by Face PR