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      Film Screening: Refugee Week at The Open University in Walton Hall

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      June 19, 2018

      Tuesday   5:00 PM

      Ring Road West
      Walton Hall, Buckinghamshire MK7 6AA

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      Film Screening: Refugee Week at The Open University

      An asylum seeker’s story: Collective leadership in diverse communities Director: Joseph MannionProducers: Kate Dangerfield, Vita Terry, Andrew Jolly The documentary tells the story of an asylum seeker in the UK, whose hope of securing safety and a better future for his family has been challenged, as they continually experience multiple barriers, from restricted entitlements, limited support and growing hostility. Five years on, the asylum seeker illustrates the important contribution migrants can have within communities, focusing on his experience of establishing ESOL classes at a time of shrinking service provision. These classes have benefited the community by building language capacity and also bringing diverse populations together to promote integration and cohesion. Filmed in the West Midlands, the asylum seeker describes the everyday experiences of setting up the ESOL classes. With no financial income and limited resources, the asylum seeker’s gathers the support of the community, by mobilising key individuals and resources. By instigating a shared vision, this spurs a process of actions and narrative, which creates collective leadership within the community. The documentary uses the process of filming to research leadership in non-traditional ways, capturing the importance of collective leadership as well as the individual leader, and how leadership can operate at different levels, using a non-hierarchical, bottom up approach.

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