Name Me Lawand

2022 United Kingdom

Screening: 25th March 2024, 91 minutes

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The inspiring story of Lawand, a deaf boy brought to the UK by his family who left Iraq in the hope that he can find his voice and learn to communicate with the right help. An immersive, poetic and heartfelt documentary.

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An incredible insight into Lawand's world in particular, the film maker's immersive approach was at time's frustrating, overwhelming, fractured and much more, all emotions and feelings I would imagine Lawand feels throughout his day. A moving and sensitive approach that enabled me to touch on his lived experience which was a real privilege. Also a superb introduction from Paula and Dawn, including the powerful poem. A triumph all round thank you.
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Super.
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Such a well made film. So inspiring.
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Excellent film.
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A very moving and beautiful film. (I am deaf but not profoundly.) The best film I have seen here.
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Excellent film. Best so far.
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Very thought provoking.
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An insight into a different world. Liked it but a bit too long for my liking.
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Very good film helping all to see there is a future.
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Moving story on an inspiring young man.
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Very moving and well filmed.
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Profound, compelling and highly emotive.
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Very moving.
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V good.
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Brilliant. Very moving.
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A very powerful and moving documentary. A good result with the bill being passed.
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Fantastic mesmerising film. Raising awareness of what it means to be different.
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Learnt much from this. A beautifully put together film and ultimately very uplifting although hard to accept the struggle that the family had to suffer.
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Moving and fascinating. What a wonderful family and a fabulous teacher.
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A moving and very important film. Oh, to have a teacher like Sophie!
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Very good to see how other people live and how important communication is.
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Thank you for the wonderful introduction. An amazing and very powerful film. Everyone should see it - it will change current prejudices. Thank you.
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Wonderful story, marvellous teachers, so lovely to see him smile, and the family grow together. Loved the poem in the talk at the beginning.
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Very moving and good to see what can be done with patience & understanding.
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Wasn't expecting to like a documentary but it was simply beautiful & thought provoking.
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Excellent. Wouldn't have heard of or seen this important film otherwise. Thank you.
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Fascinating, informative, what an eye opener... Thank you for the diversity of your film choice.
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You have shown some amazing films over the years but this is the most important. I went to the Jungle in Calais and still support Care4Calais but to think of a deaf child having to go through the escape process and be in refugee camps for months without this parents being able to explain to him, is absolutely terrifying. Thank you for showing this film.
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My only criticism was that the titles of the various 'chapters' and the credits at the end were in such small print. An excellent documentary.
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A beautifully constructed thought-provoking film which transported me into the world of Lawand. One not to be forgotten.
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Excellent choice for introduction: compassionate, telling of harrowing decisions affecting all families uprooted by war and their struggles to find a safe haven for their children.
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Can't say this film was an entertainment but it surely was an eye opener. Those of us with all our senses have no idea of the difficulties someone like Lawand go through. What a brave and determined young boy. My heart went to the parents in a big way.
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How interesting. Wonderful to see how much help the non-hearing get. I wonder what he will do in later life for a job. I remember going to a dance when I was young and a deaf man was a fantastic dancer. He felt the rhythm through his feet.
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Wonderful - Sensitive, thought provoking, charming, educational - What a fight to achieve what he has. - In 10 years time it would be interesting to see another documentary on what he's achieved - I'd bet on his making a major contribution to deaf education and about our world too and about the world in general. I hope his messages get through to everyone.
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Completely magnificent. Unbelievably inspiring and moving! (It makes one loathe the inept & fatuous Home Office even more than I did already). What an extraordinarily brave family to undertake that total disruption: no wonder they had such a stunningly brave son. It was very humbling. And Sophie was glorious!!!
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I would like everyone to have the chance to see this film and gain some understanding of the deaf world. It was lovely to see Lawand grow and gain confidence and happiness.
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Interesting rather than entertainment - well done.
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A very thoughtful film. It really made me think what sort of society we want?
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Difficult but interesting. Difficult to watch at times.
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A heart warming film showing the value of all forms of communication. Thankfully the Home Office got it right at the end!
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1st time I've not needed hearing aids for the film! Different perspective on life.
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Heartwarming to see the struggle minorities have for recognition. Well done Derby!
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Research on to find out where the family are now and what progress had been made and are they supporting themselves? Very thought provoking.
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Well, that was different! A very well made film about an interesting subject. And a ray of sunshine - superb poem Paula!!!
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A very moving and thought-provoking film. A hymn to the importance for us all of communication, self-belief and a sense of belonging. And to the wonderful role of British Sign Language in so many lives.
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Just shows how lonely life can be - I wear hearing aids and sometimes for me I miss so much conversation that I feel alone too! A good documentary and advert for BSL.
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Very moving.
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Very atmospheric.
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Good on you Lawand!
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The type of film I come to a film club to see.
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Fascinating insight into the life of deaf people.
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Very moving. Thought provoking.
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What an amazing young boy. Although controversial subject.
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Heart warming after what I thought was a difficult start.
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A moving story. When will we all learn BSL.
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A very good documentary.
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A very moving story. Another world brought to us. Many issues here to be discussed!
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I actually enjoyed this film.
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Fascinating insight. Educational.
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I mostly enjoyed it and thought it helped to empathise with what it would be like to be a deaf child struggling to communicate.
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OK!
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Quite long for subject matter.
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Amazing journey - I wonder if his parents will try to integrate.
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Ambivalent about this film - uplifting story about the role of BSL and deaf children - story of incompetence of the Home Office in deporting illegal immigrants.
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Good perspective/insight into being a refugee. Not sure that I like the idea that there is such a lot of noise in a deaf world!
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The real heroes are the British taxpayer and the good people of Derby whose generosity made this possible for one Iraqi family.
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Disappointing 30 mins of content & 60 mins filler. Wanted to know so much more about Lawand & his family on their journey. Lost opportunity
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Delighted this government saw fit to pass one decent bit of legislation (BSL 2022) and the Home Office let them stay. An empathic film with a realistic take on refugees instead of Daily Mail propaganda.
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A bit slow but glad it had a happy ending!

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