Scottish Detainee Visitors


The University of Glasgow Settlement supported the making of the film “Detention Without Walls” as part of a collaborative Masters dissertation with the Scottish Detainee Visitors.

Detention Without Walls

Documentary: UK (2015)

Directors: Life After Detention Collaborative Research Group with Scottish Detainee Visitors.

Detention Without Walls is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status.  Made from interviews, poems, photos and material collected through a participatory research project, the film follows the moving story from immigration detention to life after detention, described as Detention Without Walls.  Abandoned at train stations, separated from family and friends, unable to work or travel, fearful of return but determined to stay in the UK, the film explores how ideas of crime, citizenship and community combine in ways that multiply rather than remove the differences between us.