Private Project

The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford

As governments around the world face the impact of the growing number of displaced people, the city of Bradford in the north of England is known as a city of sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers, and has a rich heritage of welcoming those fleeing their homes.

This 30 minute documentary film follows the lives of three Bradford residents from different walks of life; retired train driver Mick, primary school worker Hamida and settled refugee Asumani, as they each show practical care and kindness to refugees and asylum seekers living in the city. Offering friendship and a warm welcome, they help people overcome the many obstacles faced in the long and challenging journey of rebuilding their lives in the UK.

  • Tom Harmer
  • Tom Harmer
  • Harold Salakianathan
  • Asumani Sosho
    Key Cast
  • Mick Ward
    Key Cast
  • Hamida Khan
    Key Cast
  • Bilal Albalbise
    Key Cast
  • Lucas Roche
  • Callum Harvie
    Original music by
  • Josh Cana
    Original music by
  • Luke Collins
    Sound editor
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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    Digital, Canon
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Director Biography - Tom Harmer

Tom Harmer is a talented Bradford based documentary film director with a passion to capture the stories that illustrate the true value of humanity. For many years he’s worked freelance to support various international NGOs and corporate clients in their storytelling objectives through film and it’s with this broad experience that he’s now venturing into producing his own content.

During lockdown he produced a short doc per week and featured them on to a warm reception on social media, and has just finished production on his first 30 minute documentary short, The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford.

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