The Old Oak

  • A man washes the window of a bar with the words THE OLD OAK on the side of the building, as a woman watches.
  • A man and a woman, on opposite sides of a counter, face oneanother
  • Four women, three of whom are in headscarves, sit in a circle
  • A woman in a black dress in front of 3 women behind a count
Co-Presented by the Arab Film and Media Institute

The Old Oak is the last pub standing in a once thriving mining village in northern England, a gathering space for a community that has fallen on hard times. There is growing anger, resentment, and a lack of hope among the residents, but the pub and its proprietor TJ are a fond presence to their customers. When a group of Syrian refugees move into the floundering village, a decisive rift fueled by prejudices develops between the community and its newest inhabitants. The formation of an unexpected friendship between TJ and a young Syrian woman named Yara opens up new possibilities for the divided village in this deeply moving drama about loss, fear, and the difficulty of finding hope. The release of The Old Oak reunites legendary British director Ken Loach with Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber following our 2020 release of his film Sorry We Missed You. Loach, who is 87 years old, has announced that The Old Oak will be his final film.

Content Warning: There is a scene of implied violence against an animal.

1h 53m
Ken Loach
First Showing
April 19, 2024