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European Premiere of Sea Sorrow by Vanessa Redgrave
Tue 6 December 2016, 19:30 – 22:30 GMT
Actress and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave is presenting Sea Sorrow, her first film as director.
Sea Sorrow was filmed in Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Calais and Twickenham Studios. Vanessa focuses on the present and past history of refugees in Europe. She tells her own story beginning as a two-year-old evacuee from London at the outset of World War Two, later as a student volunteer helping Hungarian refugees, concluding with her return to Lebanon to visit Palestinian three-year-olds in a refugee camp nursery school.
Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer, explains why he is passionate about assisting child refugees to gain their rightful protection in the UK. Sir Peter Sutherland, who has been advising the UN General Secretary on international refugee protection explains simply and forcefully why European governments must not break the conventions on asylum for refugees.
Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson and Simon Coates contribute unique scenes for the refugees, not to forget the valiant Juliet Stevenson who spent nine months working for the Calais children, alongside Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Safe Passage.
Andrej Mahecic, the UK spokesperson for UNHCR, and Martin Sherman, a playwright whose grandparents fled from the pogroms in Tsarist-ruled Ukraine will join Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Vanessa and Alf Dubs for a Q&A after the film.