JAMBITE

By Alessandra USAI

HYPATIA PICTURES - as PROD / FIN

Drama - Completed 2017

The film focus on Zita, a young Nigerian girl arrived in Ireland 5 years before as a refugee and about to graduate from secondary school. The graduation day is for her a sad day because she knows that she doesn’t have the same rights of the other students and her access to University is at risk.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues
    • Countries
    • IRELAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 10 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alessandra USAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Hilary WHITE
    • Synopsis
    • Jambite is a Nigerian word that identify students that have the privilege to go to university.

      Zita along with the family are residents in one of Ireland’s Direct Provision centres. It has been five years since they first arrived as refugees and their status shows no sign of changing.
      Zita is about to graduate from secondary school and along with her mother Lewa and younger brother Daraja arrives to the college for the graduation day.
      During the Principal’s speech, Zita has flashbacks to her last 5 years and thinks to her arrival in Ireland, her first day of school, her first love and many other beautiful memories that let her feel to be Irish and proud to be in this country.
      At the end of her secondary school graduation she is sad instead to be happy because she is worried about her possibility to go to the University and to continue to study, as her best friend Sharon and the other students.
      Despite considering herself Irish the State begs to differ. She is a refugee and cannot have the same rights of the other Irish students.
      At a time when most young teenagers are looking forward to a bright future, Zita can only resign herself to the limbo that direct provision forces her and the other 2,000 children in Ireland’s Direct Provision Centres to endure.

      The film wants to denounce a social problem that still exist in many countries where the young refugees have no the same rights to the education, as the other teenagers.
      In 2017, the education should be a right for everyone, but also in the western countries it is not, and to thousands of teenagers’ refugees is negate the right to continue to study by a taxes’ system that penalise them.