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The film brings humanity to refugees and asylum seekers, to tell their story and give them individualism rather than be a mere statistic. It shows how ruthless and inhumane the deportation system is though.
Positive Role Models
Aisha is courageous -- in vying for safety she has traveled halfway across the world to make it all by herself. She is suffering from severe grief and trauma, but finds strength to keep going. Conor is a formerly incarcerated person who develops a close friendship with Aisha.
The lead character is a female person of colour. The film strives to give a voice to those without one, highlighting a world lacking in compassion when it comes to the plight of refugees and those seeking asylum.
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Violence & Scariness
The central character talks about the violence they have experienced back in Nigeria. This includes people being murdered, attempts to sell people into sex work, as well as sexual abuse and rape. A character attempts to take their own life.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters share a brief kiss.
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Infrequent but some use of "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aisha is a moving character study about a Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Ireland with upsetting descriptions of murder, rape, and human trafficking. Despite the heavy themes, the film brings humanity to an otherwise inhumane environment, giving a voice to those who are so often portrayed as mere statistics. It also perpetuates the notion that they want safety -- nothing more, and that more compassion is required. Central character Aisha (Letitia Wright) is a courageous young woman who bravely steps foot alone in a country she has never been to before, to make a life for herself. She is recovering from immense trauma and grief, but shows great perseverance in keeping going. Although we don't see violence in the film, Aisha's stories from her time back in Nigeria are harrowing, and involve rape and murder. A character attempts suicide when everything gets on top of them. Language is infrequent, although there is occasional use of "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This moving British drama has real purpose, and demands to be seen and spoken about. Aisha is a well-made film -- an accomplished turn by director Frank Berry -- but it excels mostly in its need for existence. Shining a harsh light on the asylum system, it makes a real point of highlighting the need to listen to the stories of the individual. Refugees are so often seen as mere statistics and this brings humanity and compassion at a time when these traits are so clearly needed. It also ensures the viewer gets a sense for the reason why someone would leave behind their home and family to seek a better life, hopefully serving as a reminder to some that they left because they had to.
Wright excels in the leading role. The actor has a remarkable ability and natural star quality to remain compelling on-screen, with or without dialogue. O'Connor impresses, as always, bringing a sweet heart and undercurrent to a film that is otherwise a tricky watch at times -- but most certainly a rewarding one.
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