Join The People’s Film Club for an evening of film, discussion and action as we screen a selection of short films exploring refuge and asylum. Based on the theme of ‘home’, we’ve got four stellar shorts lined up for you – this isn’t an evening you’ll want to miss! We’ll start the night with music and drinks before the screening, and sit tight for the panel discussion afterwards. As usual, all proceeds go to charity.

★ 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.

The Panel:

★Inca Sorrell, from Meena
Inca is the co-founder of Meena, which supports refugee and asylum-seeking women and children, as well as doing outreach work. They have a variety of support networks from advocacy helping with asylum housing and health, to English language classes and art therapy.

★Jack Steadman, from Help Refugees
After arriving in Calais in September 2015, Jack was the Build Coordinator and helped to build 1,500 shelters in the old ‘Jungle’. Now Head of Community Development for Help Refugees, Jack is developing an info hub for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

★Laura Wadha, Director of Flight
Laura is a film-maker, and the director of ‘Flight’, which will feature in our programme. She is a BAFTA New Talent nominee. Flight chronicles her personal connection to the topic of refuge and asylum, as it follows her cousins settling in Sweden having fled the war in Syria.

★Helen Taylor, from Stories & Supper
Helen is a researcher and writer on refugee and migration issues, covering topics the meaning of home for Cypriot refugees in London and an investigation into holistic service provision at the Migrants Resource Centre in London. She also coordinates Stories & Supper, a refugee supper club in Walthamstow. She has lectured Masters programmes in Refugee Studies and Migration & Heritage at the University of East London.

And chairing it all will be the wonderful Harry Jefferson from LGSM, a group of queer activists fighting to challenge the racist narrative and hostile environment that migrants face in the UK. As an organising member of LGSMigrants, he has led projects involving fundraising, direct action and support for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the wonderful MEENA Centre (previously The Unofficial Women and Children’s Centre in Calais), which supports women and children refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
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30/04/2018 - 8:30 pm

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Doors: 8PM

Screenings: 8.30PM

Ticket Information

-Airline seat: £7.50 + Booking fees


Please arrive early to buy drinks at the bar.


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