A guest post by Welcome Presents

Welcome Presents is a community project uniting refugees, asylum seekers & the UK public through food, film and friendship. We are supported by Amnesty International and Help Refugees.

Established in 2016, Welcome Presents  seeks to have a positive impact on the lives of those displaced and struggling in London. Newcomers are often marginalised socially. Integration is a multi-dimensional process that takes time, especially in London, where locals are more likely to read about refugees than engage with the people behind the stories. Welcome Presents is a move to address this uncertainty, lending a hand to step over the divide.

For Refugee Week 2020 Welcome Presents will be highlighting a different campaign close to our heart each day. These advocates are: Women For Refugee Women, The Trussell Trust, Black Curriculum, United Friends and Families Campaign, Say It Loud Club, MOAS and BID – Bail for Detainees.

We are also raising money to care for our community during lockdown.

Welcome Presents will be releasing podcasts of previous events featuring special Q&As from our screenings with film industry guests and activists. These will be available to listen to direct from our website.

Ken Loach in conversation with Rhianna Dhillon, Radio 6 Film critic


Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, Aloysius Ssali, Founder of the Say It Loud Club, Tauhida Ali, also Say It Loud Club, hosted by Sophie Amili

(Front row, left to right) Faye Marsay as Steph, George Mackay as Joe, Joseph Gilgun as Mike, Paddy Considine as Dai and (second row, with megaphone) Ben Schnetzer as Mark in PRIDE to be released by CBS Films. Photo credit: Nicola Dove

Riz Ahmed in conversation with author Nikesh Shukla.


Danny Boyle in conversation with Rhianna Dhillon, Radio 6 Film critic


CREED 2 – panel on men’s mental health:
Charlie Weinberg from Safe Ground, Conroy Harris from A Band of Brothers – Hosted by Nico Mensinga

C2_01193_R Sylvester Stallone stars as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and in CREED II, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures film. Credit: Barry Wetcher / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures © 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – Climate Change panel:
Tomi Makanjuola of The Vegan Nigerian and Migrateful, Sharlene Gandhi freelance climate change writer, Maya Chowdhry of Continent Chop Chop , hosted by Rhianna Dhillon Radio 6 Film Critic


SOUFFRA – a chefs panel:
Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express, Joudie Kalla Palestine On A Plate,
Rose and Zubayda – Welcome Kitchen, hosted by Victoria Stewart