1. Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley
    This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council.
    What Elina, Ali, Mohammed and the young Eritrean most desired was for us to hear and disseminate their stories – this is the principal aim of the project.
    March 2012 update on the participants: Mohammed has permission to remain; Ali’s case is still closed; Elina lives in the same flat; and the young Eritrean is still waiting and destitute.
    Dr Rachel Hurdley's Profile: bit.ly/yi5aiv
    Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series Channel: bit.ly/zTW9Ip

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  2. Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley
    This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council.
    What Elina, Ali, Mohammed and the young Eritrean most desired was for us to hear and disseminate their stories – this is the principal aim of the project.
    March 2012 update on the participants: Mohammed has permission to remain; Ali’s case is still closed; Elina lives in the same flat; and the young Eritrean is still waiting and destitute.
    Dr Rachel Hurdley's Profile: bit.ly/yi5aiv
    Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series Channel: bit.ly/zTW9Ip

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  3. Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley

    This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council.
    What Elina, Ali, Mohammed and the young Eritrean most desired was for us to hear and disseminate their stories – this is the principal aim of the project.
    March 2012 update on the participants: Mohammed has permission to remain; Ali’s case is still closed; Elina lives in the same flat; and the young Eritrean is still waiting and destitute.

    Dr Rachel Hurdley's Profile: bit.ly/yi5aiv
    Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series Channel: bit.ly/zTW9Ip

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  4. Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley
    This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council.
    What Elina, Ali, Mohammed and the young Eritrean most desired was for us to hear and disseminate their stories – this is the principal aim of the project.
    March 2012 update on the participants: Mohammed has permission to remain; Ali’s case is still closed; Elina lives in the same flat; and the young Eritrean is still waiting and destitute.
    Dr Rachel Hurdley's Profile: bit.ly/yi5aiv
    Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series Channel: bit.ly/zTW9Ip

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Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley

This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council. The initial aim was to make short films with asylum seekers in Cardiff, telling stories about


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Making Wales, Remembering Home Film Series, by Dr Rachel Hurdley

This is a series of four short films, co-produced by the three asylum seekers and one refugee who appear in them. Funded by Beacon for Wales and focusing on the theme, ‘Welsh Identity in the 21st Century’, they were made in collaboration with Welsh Refugee Council. The initial aim was to make short films with asylum seekers in Cardiff, telling stories about the objects on display in their homes. The topics which these would address were ordinary: home, family, memory and identity, but from an extraordinary perspective.
However, as is the way with ‘aims’, the project took a different direction, led by the people who chose to take part. Three were classed as ‘destitute’. Iranian Ali was made homeless during our filming, when his case was closed with no right of appeal. Mohammed had come here from Afghanistan by a dangerous route, and of course had nothing, except the few things he had been given by his ‘host’ family and friends. One participant so was fearful of prejudice, he asked to remain anonymous. Elina, from Zimbabwe, had refugee status and a flat, but her mental and physical health was so damaged by her experiences, I took advice from her Zimbabwean friends about whether to film her. They felt it was important her story be heard.
‘Objects on display’ had little importance for all the participants. The drop in centres – at Oasis and Trinity Methodist Church, among others – were their ‘homely’ spaces. The ‘objects’ of meaning were documents concerning asylum claims, mobile phones, religious books, English class homework, and food. But of far greater value were conversations with people from their countries of origin, and also sharing stories of their homelands and journeys to Britain.
What Elina, Ali, Mohammed and the young Eritrean most desired was for us to hear and disseminate their stories – this now is the principal aim of the project.
March 2012 update on the participants: Mohammed has permission to remain; Ali’s case is still closed; Elina lives in the same flat; and the young Eritrean is still waiting and destitute.

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