Hands Up is a beautifully made film about a group of schoolchildren who band together to protect one of their classmates, an undocumented Chechen girl. The young actors are brilliant and the emotionally engaging story is told with a lot of humour. The viewer becomes very aware of how immigrant children become part of the local community and how deportation is inhumane in terms of separating them from that community as much as in terms of any dangers they might face if sent back to their country of origin.
This film was screened as part of the French Film Festival at The Filmhouse and deserves to be released into at least selected cinemas across the UK. So keep an eye out.....
It was a busy day today at the cinema, I also saw You've Been Trumped - which I reviewed here.
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