Moving Worlds is a programme of films available to watch at home during Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees (20-26 June 2022). Moving Worlds is produced by Counterpoints Arts, which coordinates Refugee Week nationally.
After two years of operating digitally, we are excited to be returning to the project's original format and inviting you all to host public screenings and engage in important post-screening conversations about the importance of ‘healing’ on both an individual and collective level.
In addition to the selected films generously offered by our network of filmmakers at special screening rates, we have also identified award-nominated films that can be accessed online via external websites. These are clearly marked as 'ONLINE' and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.
Responding to this year’s Refugee Week theme of 'healing', Moving Worlds is a curated programme of features and shorts that engage with the notion of ‘healing’ in different ways; as the process of finding one’s voice and place in the world while overcoming trauma and loss (Nomadland, I Don’t Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore, Constance on the Edge and Stories too big for a case file: Unaccompanied young people confront the hostile environment); as a collective responsibility and a reminder to change the world around us (The Universality of It All and Hamtramck, USA); and ultimately, as the unexpected result of engaging in dialogue and showing compassion and care towards each other (A Place to Breathe, Rosemary's Way and IOM’s GMFF's Participatory Video Project).
We hope that the films can generate meaningful connections in person or virtually - find out more in the SIMPLE ACT - Watch a Film section. We have also designed downloadable post-screening guides to encourage lively conversations across all ages.
Our thanks to the filmmakers and producers who generously agreed to make their films available for the Refugee Week 2022, Moving Worlds package. This year's programme is dedicated to all individuals experiencing forced displacement who may be facing precarious and challenging living conditions, especially during this uncertain time.
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.
Moving Worlds UK is curated and programmed by Nelli Stavropoulou for Counterpoints Arts.
Credit: Still from 'A Place to Breathe'
An exploration of the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This feature-length documentary intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own obstacles by healing others.
One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home? Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.
How the friendship between a filmmaker and a refugee is connected to all the major events of the 21st century. An introspection into the topics of human migration, inequality, and climate change, taking place all across the planet.
Anchored in public arts and the mayoral election, this documentary explores multiculturalism in Hamtramck and how it transforms the community and residents that call it home.
A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Charismatic changemaker, Rosemary Kariuki, is on a mission to empower migrant women, enticing them out of cultural silos, exposing them to new ideas, experiences and the wider Australian society – her means are anything but orthodox and laughter is her secret weapon.
Credit: Still from 'The Universality of It All'
A wistful but witty account of a trip to Beijing by an art student who has been abroad for ten years. Her stay with her family mercilessly exposes how uprooted she has become by her life abroad.
A collection of shorts exploring personal narratives and lived experiences of overcoming trauma and hardships through the power of community. IOM’s GMFF Participatory Video Project is an initiative to amplify voices, empower and foster social cohesion in migrants’ affected communities.
A co-produced short film showcasing the testimonies of young, unaccompanied refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants as they navigate ‘the system’ in the UK.
Credit: Still from 'I Don't Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore'
Do you have questions about our programme? Would you like to share with us your screening experience? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon!
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