Human Rights Watch Film Festival to feature three films about migration and refugees – WATCH FESTIVAL TRAILER

Desperate Journey

Human Rights Watch Film Festival taking place in London will feature three films about migration and refugees, and a special discussion.

The festival will be held from 9th to 16th March 2016.

The films are Andreas Koefoed’s “At Home in the World”, George Kurian’s “The Crossing” and Jonas Carpignano’s drama “Mediterranea”.

Desperate Journey

“At Home in the World” is a documentary that intimately portrays ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances as they await the outcomes of their asylum claims at a Red Cross school in Denmark.

“The Crossing” gives a firsthand account of the perilous journey of a group of Syrian refugees and their struggle to keep their sense of identity and purpose once they get to Europe.

“Mediterranea” charts the struggle of two Burkinabe brothers who cross deserts and oceans to pursue a better life only to face racism in a small town in Italy.

The festival will host a special programme discussion of “Desperate Journey: Europe’s Refugee Crisis,” with the Human Rights Watch emergencies director, Peter Bouckaert, and Zalmaï, the Afghan-born photographer. They will share their insights and images, and discuss how governments can effectively respond to the refugee crisis.

“We are proud and excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary in London this year with a programme that looks at some of the most urgent human rights issues facing the world today”, said John Biaggi, creative director, Human Rights Watch Film Festival. “The stand out themes this year are censorship and freedom in China; migration and the refugee crisis; artists as agitators; as well as LGBT, children and women’s rights.”

Click here to see the full programme and watch trailers.


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