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Teranga: Life in the Waiting Room

Teranga: Life in the Waiting Room

Release Date: Thu 9th Jan 20

Format: 2D Digital

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 40 minutes

Rate: 18

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Teranga: Life in the Waiting Room Synopsis


Wednesday 5th February 2020 8:30pm

Followed by Q & A with filmmakers Daisy Squires, Lou Marillier and Sophia Seymour.

Teranga is an observational short documentary about youth, music and collective trauma, set in Naples and filmed over two years.

Haunted by the difficulties of their pasts and dreaming of a future with indefinite leave to remain, two young Gambian asylum seekers escape the boredom and frustration by dancing away their trauma in Teranga, an Afrobeats migrant-run nightclub in Naples. 

Fata wants to become a world-famous DJ; Yankuba is an aspiring biochemist. By day, they tirelessly pursue their dreams in corrupt and dank refugee camps in the middle of nowhere, and by night they converge in Teranga, which manifests as a rare safe space where migrants can forget their troubles and find a community. 

This short-documentary mixes professional and phone footage shot by both the directors and the contributors. It seeks to show asylum seekers as rarely portrayed, as they attempt to pursue their dreams while they for notice on their documents. Unable to work and with their lives on hold for years, they find ways to keep themselves feeling alive, relying on music as a crucial tool for resistance, survival and integration.

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