Original Title: Leave to Stay
Production Company: Ministry of Culture KRG, Directorate Centers Slemani, Lighting Media
Production Year: 2013
Director: Awat Osman Ali
Script: Awat Osman Ali
Cinematography: Dankuro Shinma
Editor: Pedro Vinicius
Music Composer: Salah Rawf
Producer: Kerstie Speke & Natasha Valantino
Running Time: 63min
Country: UK, Kurdistan
Language: English, Kurdish, Arabic
Main Cast: Shwan Attoof, Danny Darren, Rzgar Said, Elaaheh Jamali, Salam Majeed

 

Synopsis 
London. It seems like people there live miles apart, but in reality they live next door. Three Kurdish immigrants arrive in the UK as illegal aliens and seek asylum. The men encounter three women who share the same reality. Even though they are culturally so different, they all belong to the people that no one cares about. They find out, that we all bear our fears inside and that we are maybe not so different after all.    
 
Director’s Biography  
Ali, born in Slemani in 1976, studied Theatre Directing in Baghdad. He left Kurdistan, started studying filmmaking and got his M.A. He has made one feature and six short films, which won awards in international festivals.
 
2013 Leave to Stay
2011 Blood of Pomegranate
2010 Let’s Change It
2010 I Want to See In Colour