Posts Tagged “film”

Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

Rather than pick a few interesting personal stories out of the millions of displaced people across the globe, Ai Weiwei keeps his focus on the scale of the worldwide Human Flow in his new documentary. By stretching the narrative across 23 different countries, Ai Weiwei also zooms out from the handful of countries normally associated…

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The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement

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The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement

The Promise documents the displacement and genocide of Armenians in the last days of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It’s a shocking piece of European history that director Terry George beautifully captures in his new epic film. Michael Boghosian (played by Oscar Isaac) travels from his rural village to the bustling city…

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A Very British Nativity – raising questions about welcome, accommodation and work

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A Very British Nativity – raising questions about welcome, accommodation and work

“It’s time to give the asylum seekers of today the dignity they deserve.” That’s the final line in A Very British Nativity video that has been produced by The Joint Public Issues Team and released during advent. The reimagined Nativity uses humour to remind audiences that life for asylum seekers in the UK is anything…

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Flotel Europa – footage from 20 years ago that speaks to the refugee crisis today

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Flotel Europa – footage from 20 years ago that speaks to the refugee crisis today

“Welcome to Flotel Europa” said the Danish Red Cross worker as Vladimir and his family boarded the five storey ship berthed in Copenhagen harbour. In the summer of 1992, the young boy escaped Sarajevo along with his older bother and mother and came to Copenhagen. 1000 refugees from the former Yugoslavia were housed in a…

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Walls – observing the cat and mouse game across three physical interfaces #BelFest

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Walls – observing the cat and mouse game across three physical interfaces #BelFest

Walls is a film that tells the story of people living on either side of three geopolitical interfaces: Mexico|USA, Morocco|Spain, and Zimbabwe|South Africa. We meet people trying to cross over, cross back, keep people in, keep people out, and those trying to save lives in the barren and exposed wastelands. We have a compulsion to erect…

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Film review – After Spring – life in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp

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Film review – After Spring – life in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp

“We can’t continue to treat this as a very temporary situation” After 4 years and 5,000 babies – some of whom have never left the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan – there’s an air of permanence to the temporary infrastructure that is now home to 80,000 Syrians (still only a tiny percentage of the estimated…

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Film review – Lampedusa in Winter

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Film review – Lampedusa in Winter

“I want you to remember Lampedusa as the island that saved you.” Those are the words of the island’s Mayor Giusi Nicolini. With other migration routes blocked by European Union countries, the dangerous passage by sea is one of the few alternatives available for displaced people. They voyage to islands on the edge of Europe,…

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World in Motion theme at heart of Belfast International Arts Festival (11-29 October)

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World in Motion theme at heart of Belfast International Arts Festival (11-29 October)

The Belfast International Arts Festival is about to enter its 54th year and one of the strands woven throughout its 2016 programme is World in Motion. This theme explores the human face of the migration crisis through film, theatre and word. The Queen’s Film Theatre is screening a short season of films: After Spring (following two refugee families in…

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Film: Fire at Sea – facing up to tragedy at Lampedusa

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Film: Fire at Sea – facing up to tragedy at Lampedusa

Fire at Sea is a powerful if unusually crafted documentary based around the island of Lampedusa, about 200km away from Sicily. The local fishing boats that set sail from the harbours are no longer the only vessels in the sea. Refugees pay to make the perilous journey from Libya across to Italy in boats packed…

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Immersive storytelling placing viewers beside refugees in boats, camps & detention centres

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Immersive storytelling placing viewers beside refugees in boats, camps & detention centres

We Wait is a BBC virtual reality collaboration with Aardman Animations places the viewer amongst a family on the beach and then on board a boat making the treacherous crossing from Turkey to Greece. This example of immersive storytelling is being showcased at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is available to download on the BBC Taster…

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