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There's a new film club welcoming refugees to London

Oliver Keens

For those who find refuge or asylum in the UK, the need for support doesn't go away once citizenship is granted.

It's well known that integration is a hard process, one that appears to have gotten harder in recent years. But it's often overlooked that finding a base of people with similar experiences, shared beliefs and backgrounds in a city as vast as London is extremely hard work. But an interesting new initiative is aiming to help immigrant integration by using the power of those two great friends – movies and food.

Welcome Cinema is a new, cross-cultural event celebrating film, food and friends. Their monthly screenings not only show films, but also offer Q&A discussions afterward with the talent behind the movies. Their first outing involves a screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' followed by a discussion between writer William Nicholson, director Justin Chadwick and producer David M Thompson.

But perhaps most special is the food – home-cooked cuisine from Syria, Ivory Coast, Somalia, Iraq and Iran is promised, which is covered by the £12.50 ticket. The aim of the event is for newcomers to come together and also meet those who have always called London home. It's hard to imagine a better setting for this to happen than over food and a flick.

Welcome Cinema takes place on Tuesday October 11 at Amnesty International, EC2A 3EA. Tickets are available here.

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