On a Scottish isle, ‘Limbo’ breaks the refugee movie mold

LONDON – Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry was unwilling to read the script of “Limbo.”

He was involved the film, about refugees ready on a distant Scottish island for residency, would contain recognized tropes about a Western savior coming to the rescue.

As a substitute, it built him attain for the mobile phone and contact his agent.

“I was like, ‘I was wrong, you know, it is not just any previous kind of story about the refugee crisis.’”

El-Masry rejoiced that his character, Omar, “is in the forefront of the narrative and there isn’t a Western character top him on and permitting him forget about his previous,” which was exactly as writer-director Ben Sharrock experienced intended.

“Limbo” is dependent on Sharrock’s possess experience of finding out and residing in Arab nations, browsing refugee camps, and rooted in the actuality that asylum-seekers are generally despatched to distant regions of northern European international locations whilst they wait around to listen to their fate.

He considered the audience could relate right to the characters, with out a Western character acting as the guidebook.


El-Masry’s Omar is grouped alongside one another with other immigrants in a house on a cul-de-sac. The only issue they have in prevalent is they are all stranded in a strange land.



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