There’s no question that the modern day immigrant leads an exceedingly hard life. Fleeing your home is already difficult as it is, but when your new destination is just as unaccepting and cruel as the place that you escaped, it can make you question whether it was worth it at all. As some of America’s own political candidates extol a societal necessity for xenophobic mentalities and actions, the people that suffer are the immigrants. The people who have left their homes, their families and their friends behind to have some semblance of a better life and yet they are often shunned, vilified and looked down upon.
Kaweh Modiri’s “Bodkin Ras” tells the contemporaneous story of a mysterious pariah who runs away from his troubled past and attempts to settle in a gritty and remote Scottish Highlands town. As the insular community deals with the outsider in their midst, they reveal small yet significantly sordid façades to their parochial outlook on foreigners.
Speaking of his film, writer and director Kaweh Modiri said, “Real life people and events inspire my work, which is mainly character based. This story is what happens when those characters collide. Between 2007 and 2011 I spent time in the town of Forres, Scotland, and got to know the townsfolk who went on to star in ‘Bodkin Ras.'”
“Hidden between the Highlands and the Sea, this town got me thinking about the idea of introducing a fictional intruder into that context; a fugitive trying to lay low but meanwhile shaking things up within a community,” added Modiri.
The film was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016, where it won the prestigious International Critics prize. The award-winning film is set to have its North American premiere at SXSW on March 12 in the Alamo Ritz II. Check out Indiewire’s exclusive trailer above.