Ken Loach’s ‘The Old Oak’ Screening

On Monday 26th February, we were delighted to host an intimate screening of ‘The Old Oak’, Ken Loach’s newest film, and to invite along members of the local refugee community to see it and share their thoughts on it.

The film follows an ex-mining community in the North of England finding themselves host to newly arrived Syrian refugees. It’s a hard-hitting story that highlights the importance of solidarity rather than charity, and of how different communities with their different challenges can come together.

Some of our local Syrian friends, many of whom have attended Bath City matches in the past, brought Arabic coffee to share out at the end of the film. There was a really lovely, albeit emotional, exchange of stories, responses and reflections once the screening was over. Ken was there in person, introducing the film, welcoming the attendees and taking part in the discussion afterwards.

It was a brilliant opportunity to open up Twerton Park to some new faces, as we also had folk from Bath Welcomes Refugees, Southside Family Project, Twerton & Whiteway Community Network, Bath Campaigns Network and Bath Friends of Palestine in the audience.

Thanks to the Foundation and to Shane, Cheryl, Ken and Jane for supporting.