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Idrish (ইদ্রিস): A screening and Q&A with Muhammad Idrish

21 May


Idrish (ইদ্রিস) + Q&A

Saturday 21 May | 14.00 | Tramway

Pay What You Can: £3 | £5 | £7

Tickets available from Tramway website

One year after the remarkable act of community solidarity and resistance on Kenmure Street, Glasgow Short Film Festival presents a film portrait of anti-deportation campaigner Muhammad Idrish.  Adam Lewis-Jacob’s Idrish tells the story of one man’s fight to remain in the UK in the 1980s and the trade union campaign that supported him.

Idrish came to England from Bangladesh in 1976 to train at Bristol Polytechnic. He went on to marry and apply to stay in the UK, but following the dissolution of his marriage, he was faced with deportation.

Idrish acts as an urgent and potent piece of anti-deportation activism. With reports of deportation flights regularly in the news, the film is rich with resonance to our current moment. In one striking sequence, footage of a protest march gives way to staccato editing and propulsive sound design by Claude Nouk, who re-uses and manipulates archival sounds to transform the film into a powerful rallying cry. Radically reanimating the documentary form, Lewis Jacob enlivens the archive to tell a vital history. – Alice Miller.

The film will be followed by an extended Q&A with Muhammad Idrish, filmmaker Adam Lewis-Jacob and sound designer Claude Nouk, hosted by artist and researcher Ash Reid.

Recommended for ages 12+. The film will be captioned for D/deaf and hard of hearing viewers, and the Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

We are offering free tickets to community groups in Glasgow, particularly those groups that support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. To request free tickets please email

This is a Pay What You Can community screening, with support from the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

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Found footage and archival sound come together as an urgent and potent piece of anti-deportation activism.

  • Director Adam Lewis-Jacob
  • Country UK
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 32 min
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