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A portrait of anti-deportation campaigner Muhammad Idrish, telling the story of Idrish’s fight to remain in the UK in the 1980s and the trade union campaign that supported him. 

Idrish was awarded a Special Mention by the Scottish competition jury at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2022. They wrote: At the core of the history of the anti-deportation movement in the UK stands the charismatic and thoughtful titular character. Adam Lewis Jacob poignantly allows veteran activist Muhammad Idrish to elaborate and reveal his thoughts, while linking the history of protest to potent issues of our present making compelling use of found footage and archive sound.

Director's filmography: People Meeting in a Room (2020), Wildcat (2017), No Easy Answers (2018), Can’t See The Trees For The Wood (2015).

Read Jemma Desai's essay on Idrish, Here to stay Here to fight.

You can hear Muhammad Idrish, filmmaker Adam Lewis-Jacob and sound designer Claude Nouk in conversation with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programmer Alice Miller here:


  • Director Adam Lewis Jacob
  • Country Bangladesh, UK
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 32 min
  • Scottish Premiere


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

Scottish Competition 1: Tiny Changes (N/C 15+)

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