Although it has now largely faded from the UK news, the global refugee crisis is far from over, with hundreds of thousands of people having fled from war zones and failed states in the hope of finding safety, stability and the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere.

The Swindon Film Society tells just one of those refugee stories with the award-winning French film Dheepan, in which a Tamil Tiger soldier on the losing side of the Sri Lankan civil war poses as the husband and father of two other Tamil refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, this makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life – only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris.

A heart-rending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

Dheepan is showing in the Swindon Arts Centre on Wednesday 19th September 2018, at 7:45pm – doors open at 7:15pm.

Full details of the Film Society’s programme, as well as advice on becoming a member, can be found on the Society’s website at


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