Name Me Lawand

In cinemas from 7 July 2023. On BFI Player 21 August.

Five-year-old Lawand is on a quest to find a world where there are people like him – people who will understand him. Since birth, Lawand has been profoundly deaf and unable to communicate with those around him. He undertakes a treacherous journey with his family from Iraq to Derby, home of the Royal School for the Deaf. But this new life soon comes under threat when the family face deportation. Along with members of the Derby community, they begin a new quest – a fight to stay in the place they now call home.

Employing a striking visual style that frames Lawand’s development, from being voiceless to a voice representing others in the Deaf Community, Edward Lovelace’s (The Possibilities Are Endless) documentary is an inspirational and touching coming-of-age story.


UK 2022
91 min
Cert PG

Dir Edward Lovelace


All screenings will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.



5 November
Act One Cinema