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In the last few years short filmmakers have had their finger firmly on the pulse of the refugee and migration crisis and the accompanying rise in racist and xenophobic paranoia it has evoked. Their insight into these matters has proved incisive, bold, and untouched by empty rhetoric. Here’s a selection of powerful stories reminding us of a modern day emergency which often fails to make the headlines any longer.
Salamat From Germany
Dirs: Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih
Desperate to escape Lebanon and settle in Europe, Lillo buys himself a Syrian passport and is ready to appropriate the Syrian identity to obtain asylum. However, what he might not be ready for yet, is everything that comes along with being a Syrian refugee today.
Dir: Nimer Rashed
United Kingdom 2017
12 mins 59 secs
A 10-year-old refugee living in the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp of Calais seizes the opportunity to escape to a better life – whatever the cost…
A Drowning Man
Dir: Mahdi Fleifel
Denmark/Greece/United Kingdom 2017
Alone and far from home, the kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
Greetings from Aleppo
Dirs: Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
17 mins 11 secs
Greetings from Aleppo introduces us to the lives and stories of everyday people, so that they don’t remain unknown to us and their stories will not be lost.
The Fishermen of Lesbos
Dir: Nikolia Apostolou
5 mins 5 secs
Fishing used to relax Kostas Pinteris, one of the fishermen at the picturesque village of Skala Sykamias. He’s been fishing since he was a kid and knows the sea well, but in the last two years his life has changed.
Dir: Rebecca Panian
Switzerland, Germany 2017
While waiting for her train in a café in Berlin a young woman suddenly gets into a situation where the barista and two customers start to stir up hatred against refugees. What should she do? Leave, or take action?
Dirs: Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
France/Syrian Arab Republic 2016
13 mins 24 secs
On the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.
Who Are We?
Dir: John Smith
United Kingdom 2016
3 mins 38 secs
On the 23rd of June 2016 Britain voted to leave the European Union. ‘Who Are We?‘ is a re-working of material from a BBC television debate transmitted a few weeks earlier.
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