Prisoner of Hope

Three stories of displacement and hope intertwine in this moving, true rendition of seeking asylum in the UK.

Too often, the media talks about people who have been displaced, without talking to them. This film follows three previously untold true stories of displacement and hope, from voices of people in the Conversation Over Borders community.

From exploring forced migration due to gender-based violence in Bangladesh, to the contemporary plight of people standing against the government from Uganda, to art as an expression of freedom and resistance in Iran, the geographical range of voices and experiences shows that there is no universal experience of displacement and how arbitrary the categories of ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ really are.

  • Colette Batten-Turner
  • Nima Javan
    Key Cast
  • Paul
    Key Cast
  • Kajoli Ijolak
    Key Cast
  • Rungroj Park Rojanachotikul
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Hyne
  • Jasmine Cousins
  • Sarah Warbrick
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
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  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Colette Batten-Turner

Colette Batten-Turner is Founder and Head of Impact at Conversation Over Borders and Director of Prisoner of Hope.

She holds a Masters in Media Practice for Development and Social Change and works to challenge the narrative around migration by platforming voices not heard in the mainstream media. She advocates for the power of platforming untold stories to generate social change.

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