On the 30th of April, we hosted another sold-out event, with an evening filled with film, discussion and reflection centred around ‘the refugee crisis’.
We brought together a programme of short films, spanning the breadth of stories, experiences, and geographies that sit behind the word ‘refuge’. We used ‘Home’ as the unifying theme for the evening; both the hope to find a new place to call home, inseparable from the longing for a home that cannot be returned to.
Refuge (Dir: Matthew K. Firpo, Documentary, 2016)
Refuge is a multimedia project chronicling human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope. Shot on location in Greece, January 2016.
Oksijan (Dir: Edward Watts, Live Action, 2017)
The incredible true story of a 7-year old Afghan refugee who was being smuggled to the UK in a refrigerated lorry when the oxygen inside began to run out.
The Island (Dir: Gabrielle Brady, Documentary, 2017)
Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia: here 50 million crabs make their slow and ancient migration, while thousands of people seeking asylum are indefinitely held in a high security detention facility. Poh Lin, a trauma counsellor living on the island, bears witness to the dramatic stories and decline of those being detained.
Flight (Dir: Laura Wadha, Documentary, 2017)
Two young sisters who arrive in Sweden having fled the war in Syria are becoming teenagers in a new world. They try to hold on to the fond memories of their once beautiful home while struggling to deal with the repercussions of growing up surrounded by war.
We followed the screening with a discussion about the refugee crisis, joined by Inca from Meena, Jack from Help Refugees, Laura who directed Flight, and Helen from Supper and Stories. The discussion focused upon the importance of civic action and of pro-actively welcoming refugees and migrants into our communities. However, the panel also highlighted the importance of policy change, to put pressure on our government to welcome people seeking refuge.
The evening raised £335 for the wonderful MEENA Centre (The ‘Unofficial’ Women and Children’s Centre), previously based in Calais, which supports women and children refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.