"Stories are what stand between me and being sent back to a place worse than hell".
Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the precarious juncture of having his refugee status decided, when the arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be the difference between life and death, his only options are to tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story? For Omar, and thousands like him, who arrive alone and scared to our shores each year, the asylum system is a cruel game of chance.
Based on real-life stories, Leave to Remain is a coming of age drama that depicts a world hidden from view. Featuring an original soundtrack from the hottest band of the year, Mercury Music Prize and Novello Award-winners Alt-J, this provocative debut feature from BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison, is brought to life by powerful performances from an ensemble cast of emerging talent, young refugees and acclaimed actor, Toby Jones.
The Film premiered at the 2013 BFI London International Film Festival, and went on to win the One World Media Award. The film has also had special screenings to the UN in Brussels, the British Parliament in Westminster, toured British schools as part of Into Film's schools tour as well as internationally in numerous festivals. A full list of festival wins can be found on the Film's website, link below.