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Tina left her family and well paid job to care for refugees. However, her methods were anything but conventional and she soon found herself engaged to a refugee half her age and pitted against her local community. Wrought with humour and immensely touching, Tina's story takes a fresh look at a contentious issue.
Sean McAllister probes the uneasy relationship between British citizens and asylum seekers through the eyes of an unconventional family in this frank and intimate documentary.
Since losing her job at a hostel for failing to work within the Home Office’s strict guidelines, 48-year-old Tina has continued to help Hull’s 1,500 asylum seekers for free, dedicating much of her own time and money to aiding them. Along with her daughter Nicola, who is married to Kurdish asylum seeker Mohammed, Tina has incurred the disapproval of her family and the frequently violent racist actions of Hull’s almost exclusively white population.
In order to get by, she has been forced to compromise her strong socialist principles by signing up for work at a chicken factory through a de-unionised employment agency. This physically demanding job and her voluntary work mean that Tina often gets as little as four hours sleep a night. On top of all this, she finds herself in a less than rewarding relationship with a 24-year-old Kurdish asylum seeker, Khaled, who refuses to help with the housework.
So will Tina’s selfless dedication to helping others ever be recognised, or is the reward of a good deed always simply the deed itself?
Running time: 57 MINS.