In 2017, we curated an exciting range of features and shorts from the UK, Syria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Mali for Refugee Week. This year’s programme also focuses on the power of screen storytelling, paying special homage to films made ‘close’ to the current Syrian conflict. We are highlighting emerging filmmakers who in different ways capture the everyday, deeply personal and intimate experiences of Syrian nationals as they navigate new legal, sociocultural and geographical landscapes in search of safety.
We have also chosen a film this year, which chooses to turn its lens on the impact of human trafficking and tracks the journey of two young women who come back from dehumanizing experiences to advocate for change.
The films as a whole communicate delicate yet dynamic stories of loss, resilience, solidarity, the fragility of community matched with the simultaneous desire to return and rebuild one’s ‘home-country’.
We invite you to screen any of these films in unusual places making your own makeshift ‘cinemas’ – from your kitchen, local park, community centre, to schools and workplaces (see Locations and our “How To” screening manual). We have also designed downloadable resources and post-screening guides to encourage lively conversations across all ages.
Our thanks to the creative and passionate filmmakers and producers who generously agreed to make their films available for Refugee Week 2018, Moving Worlds package.
Here’s how you can access the films:
- Our partners have kindly offered their films for a special bargain rate of £50 screening fee for features and £20 for shorts;
- You can watch short screeners and trailers for each film entry, to give you a taste of these stories and how they might work in your locations and with potential audiences;
- In order to obtain a copy of your chosen film, visit the feature and short film pages and find the specific contact details of the filmmakers and producers/distributors. Please cite ‘Moving Worlds, special Refugee Week’ package in your email to them. Once you’ve chosen a film (or more), check out the post-screening resources to help navigate the public conversations.
Moving Worlds first ran in Dublin, Ireland (2008) as a collaboration between the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS) and with support from the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC): Alliance Française, British Council, Goethe-Institut Ireland, Instituto Cervantes Dublin and the Austrian Embassy Dublin, in association with the Irish Film Institute.