Courage: 60 Years of the UN Refugee Convention

Scottish Refugee Council presents

Courage: 60 Years of the UN Refugee Convention

A film screening and exhibition

Mon 20 Jun - Tue 12 Jul 2011 | Mon-Sat: 11am - late | Free

Sixty years ago, the UN Refugee Convention was signed. It has saved millions of lives since.

To celebrate, the Scottish Refugee Council and Media Co-Op are working with a group of refugees living in Scotland to launch a new two-minute documentary illustrating the contribution refugees have made to Scotland since 1951.

Courage follows the journey of two very different but equally extraordinary individuals who have fled war and persecution: a Jewish survivor from Nazi Germany and a survivor from the Sierra Leone conflict. A poignant, moving documentation of their personal stories as well as the contributions they have made to Scotland, the film was researched, directed, filmed and produced by a group of refugees from different generations, different conflicts and different areas of the world who all came to Scotland seeking safety.

It will be screened in the Arches Cafe Bar from 20th June (World Refugee Day) until 12th July, as well as in cinemas, multi-arts venues, theatres, shopping centres, galleries, museums and stations across Scotland during Refugee Week Scotland (20th – 26th June 2011).

The film will be accompanied by an exhibition of work by Rana Ali and award-winning photojournalist Angela Catlin, who is well known for her portrait photography in war-torn or poverty stricken areas of the world. The exhibition includes portraiture of the refugee and asylum-seeking filmmakers who were involved in the project.

Please like the Courage Facebook page for all updates on the project.


Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council and takes place from 20th-26th June. It comprises a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. In 2011, Refugee Week will mark the 60th Anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, which has saved millions of lives since it was created in 1951.