Refugee docudrama Matar in the works

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Matar, a story highlighting the plight of asylum seekers in modern day London, is on the way from filmmaker Hassan Akkad.

Director and activist Hassan Akkad won a BAFTA for his BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. Now, he’s using his own experience as a Syrian refugee for inspiration on his new project.

The script for Matar is based on the experiences of Ayman Alhussein, a Syrian refugee and cinematographer. Alhussein, who also lent his expertise to Netflix’s Toronto-opener The Swimmers, also chronicling the struggles of refugees journeying into Europe, will serve as a camera operator for the project. The filmmakers describe the plot as “one man forced, through no fault of his own, to deal with the U.K.’s degrading and unfair immigration system”.

The cast will be led by Ahmed Malek, who also starred in The Swimmers, alongside Youssef Kerkour and Elmi Rashid Elm.

Matar is currently in production, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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