Aisha

Spotlight Narrative

World Premiere

FEATURE | Ireland | 94 MINUTES | English, Pidgin English | English subtitles

AISHA

Women, Drama

Aisha, a young Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Ireland, is floundering in a maze of social services and bureaucracy. Alone and unwilling to sacrifice her dignity to satisfy the demands of the authorities, she finds an ally in Connor, an employee at her residence home, a local young man with a troubled past of his own. Together they struggle to maintain their tender friendship in the face of Aisha’s increasingly dire predicament and her rapidly diminishing options.

Poignant and timely, this emotionally resonant story gives a window into the heartbreaking plight of people fleeing real danger and the labyrinthine bureaucracy that keeps them desperate and helpless. Anchoring the piece in gravitas and authenticity, Letitia Wright’s powerful, restrained performance conveys her character’s strength, deep-seated trauma, and the anguish of living in limbo. Through his understated, sensitive approach, Director Frank Berry immerses the audience in the quiet desperation of Aisha’s plight, and given the ever-increasing number of displaced people fleeing danger worldwide shares a story that is sadly becoming a global one.--Karen McMullen

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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Frank Berry

Frank Berry is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on important social issues in Ireland. Aisha is his third feature film. 

Director
Frank Berry
Producer
Tristan Orpen Lynch, Donna Eperon, Aoife O'Sullivan, Sam Bisbee
Screenwriter
Frank Berry
Cinematographer
Tom Comerford
Editor
Colin Campbell
Composer
Daragh O’Toole
Executive Producer
Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman, Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bibee, Wendy Neu, William Byerley, Rose Garnett, , George Rush, Celine Haddad, Alison Thompson, Mark Gooder
Cast
Letitia Wright, Josh O'Connor