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Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

February 3, 2021 - February 17, 2021

Free – £8
Four people stand with their backs to us, facing the city of San Francisco with tall buildings and blue sky in front of them.

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America is a feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the United States. As leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., Unsettled follows Subhi, a gay Syrian refugee, Cheyenne and Mari, a lesbian couple from Angola, and Junior, a gender non-conforming gay man from the Congo, struggling to create new lives for themselves.

Click here to rent Unsettled on our Vimeo on Demand channel up until 17 February. You can rent the film on our pay what you can sliding scale of free to £8. Please note the film is only available to rent within the UK.

We are holding two free online events to discuss the themes of the film and the situation for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in the UK on 4 and 11 February. To book for our discussion 7-8pm on Thursday 11 February with Leni Candan from UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group and Solomon Adebayo LGBT Unity Scotland responding to the film, click the button below. We will send out a Zoom link for the event to ticket holders on the day.

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Presented in partnership with LGBT Unity Scotland, a community-led group providing essential support to LGBTQIA+ refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants, and Scottish Borders LGBT Equality for LGBT History Month. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.



The film and events have an age recommendation of N/C 12+.

The film has English audio with English language captions. Live captioning provided for online discussions.

The film has quite a lot of dialogue and voiceover, all English language, and mostly bright images.

The film is 84 minutes long. Each discussion event is 1 hour long.

Content notes: Discussion and depiction of homophobic violence, honour-based violence, trauma, emotional distress, and substance abuse.

If you have any questions about accessibility for the film and events, please contact info@sqiff.org.

Film rental price

Rental of the film on our Vimeo on Demand is on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. Our sliding scale allows you to choose what to pay based on what you feel you can afford. No evidence or proof of circumstances is required. If you can afford to pay more, we really appreciate it as we rely on this income to pay queer people fairly for their work and keep the festival going.


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