Tanya arrives in London with her son Artyom, expecting to be met by her boyfriend. When he doesn’t show and immigration wants to send her back to Russia, she asks for political asylum to buy some time.

She has no idea that this will consign them for at least a year to a detention center, a fenced “city” near an abandoned seaside amusement park. Once there, realizing her boyfriend will never help her, she just wants to go home, but withdrawing the petition for asylum takes months.

She’s approached by pornographers inviting her to strip on line for cash; she’s befriended by Alfie, a clerk at a convenience store at the center. She’s a dreamer; what can she do?

Film starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion. Entry to film £3 or £2 for unwaged, low waged or students.

In partnership with the Working Class Movement Library, this will be an evening of short films and discussion dealing with the women’s movement.

Amongst other films, the evening will include A Woman’s Place – a 20 minute film that covers the first Women’s Liberation Conference in February 1970.


Also part of the evening is Six Sides of a Square which documents the lives of working mothers in 1966. The film introduces an actress, an office cleaner and a mother who chooses to stay at home and hear from the narrator about how it is beginning to ‘look like a woman’s world’.

The films will be followed by discussion led by Louise Livesey, a lecturer in women’s studies at Ruskin College, Oxford.

The screening is being supported by Salford TUC.

Film starts at 7.45. Entry to film £3 or £2 for unwaged, low waged or students.