Akbar is an LGBTQI youth who applies for asylum in Sweden but gets a rejection. When Akbar gets rejected he struggles to find a way to survive. Two Years Left tells the story of a broken and unjust system of oppression within the Swedish migration process. The film is a part of the campaign series “If We Had the Power” produced by Newcomers Youth to address racism, homophobia,  transphobia, and other intersecting and discriminatory struggles within the Swedish asylum system. It is a campaign that focuses on real-life stories and activism.

Directed and produced by Tine Alavi
Distribution and campaign communication by Haris Eloy
Country of production: Sweden
Duration: 8:49 minutes


“If We Had the Power” is a collection of campaign films made by Newcomers Youth. The films collectively reveal the way power is abused on young LGBTQI asylum seekers in Sweden by the government and government agencies regulating migration laws and policies.

The aim of the campaign is to address the mistrust and mistreating of young LGBTQI asylum seekers in Sweden who are subject to systematic racism and homo, bi, and trans phobia. The campaign offers a way forward by presenting recommendations made by LGBTQI asylum-seeking youth to politicians, decision-makers, and other relevant actors within the asylum and migration process in Sweden.

The campaign films are real-life stories and are told by LGBTQI youth who are or have been in an asylum process. Each month a new short film episode is released with a new person that tells their story.

Produced by: Tine Alavi
Co-producer: Haris Eloy
Campaign concept: Tine Alavi & Alexandra Politidis Palm
Photography and sound by Tine Alavi, Haris Eloy,  Andreas Paulsson & Peter Nylund
Edit by: Tine Alavi & Jad Nehmeh
Organization: RFSL Ungdom
Project: Newcomers Youth
Financer/grant by: Arvsfonden