I Must Away

A film by Dennis Harvey

Dennis left Ireland in the midst of the global financial crisis in order to find work abroad. Hashem was a politician in Bangladesh, but had to flee for Spain after a change in government and threats on his life. Alicia left Peru for Chile, and then Chile for Spain, after falling into debt selling goods on the streets. By age eighteen, Ali had fled Afghanistan, Iran and Sweden, and reached France, where he hoped to receive asylum. 

Floating between Ireland, Spain, Chile, Sweden, France and Bangladesh over seven years, I Must Away follows four migrants who have each left home to rebuild their life abroad. Narrated by a series of letters from the director to his grandmother, the film is a kaleidoscopic vérité essay which disentangles roots, land and identity, and explores the unequal distribution of rights and privileges, in our age of migration. 

Production facts:

Writer, director and producer: Dennis Harvey
Dramaturg: Kevin Breathnach
Executive producers: Melissa Lindgren & Tobias Janson, Story AB | Maximiliano Scheleff, Pajareza Films | Clare Stronge, Plainsong Films 

Cinematography: Dennis Harvey, Maximiliano Scheleff, AliReza Naghavi, Tuva Björk, Manolo Rämö Díaz & Alexandru Timosca 

Editing: Neil Wigardt & Dennis Harvey
Sound recording: Simón Arias & Tomás Arias
Additional writing & still photography: Maureen Rowan
Colour grading: Peter Magnusson
Sound design & mix: Thomas Jansson
Key art: August Håkansson
Artistic advisor: Ewa Cederstam
Music: Thomas McCarthy, The Deadlians, Poor Creature, Nonconnah, John Francis Flynn & Lankum 

Languages: English, Spanish, Swedish 

Subtitles: English
Format: 2K DCP | 1.85:1
Running time: 75 min
Countries of production: Sweden, Ireland, Chile 

Shooting: 2014-2021
Year of production: 2023 

Funded by:
The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon 

Konstnärsnämnden | The Swedish Arts Grants Committee 

Made with support from:
UnCUT - Ung Filmproduktion
Annick Sjögrens stipendium | Mångkulturellt centrum 

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