Leaving Limbo is a beautifully shot observational documentary that tells the inspiring story of teenage best friends and former asylum seekers Natasha and Minahil as they prepare to sit their Leaving Cert.

The two girls met whilst growing up as asylum seekers in Direct Provision, their childhoods spent in cramped caravans on the outskirts of Athlone. Many years have been defined by uncertainty and struggle, as they attempted to build homes in a country where their mothers were denied basic citizenship rights. 

Finally granted leave to remain, this documentary follows the journey of these articulate, intelligent and funny young women as they prepare to sit their Leaving Cert exams.

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Direct Provision system, the film sheds light on what it is like to live as a young asylum seeker in Ireland and what it is like "being Irish" when your parents come from a different country.

These two young women are powerful advocates for issues facing asylum seekers and through their work for UNICEF Ireland have already reached mass audiences around the world.

In addition to the film itself, Natasha and Minahil have also presented six short films offering their own insights to the Leaving Cert. 

Admittedly, these videos come at a time where the Leaving Cert has changed dramatically.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 examinations have been cancelled, and students will instead be offered 'calculated grades' whereby estimated marks and class rank orders will be collected from schools and will then be adjusted as part of a national standardisation process.

Despite this, we wanted to share these funny and inspirational videos for future LC students. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Natasha and Minahil's experience with Irish

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Natasha and Minahil's experience with English

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Natasha and Minahil's experience with Biology

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Natasha and Minahil's experience with stress

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For information on the Leaving Cert in 2020, visit gov.ie.

Watch Leaving Limbo on the RTÉ Player now.