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Hamsa - Refugee Week event
Thu 23 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Screening of ‘Hamsa’ followed by Q&A with one of the film’s directors Caroline Spearpoint.
6.30pm for 7pm start.
A Syrian refugee mother, Hamsa, and her family come to terms with their new life in rural Germany. Inspired by her story FoxWolf partnered with International Refugee Assistance Project and Change.Org to create a film and social impact campaign.
“We were going to die, we were going to sink, the water was up to here...we lost everything...My daughter was crying and saying God please help my family.”
In September 2015 the BBC recorded an interview with Hamsa, a Syrian mother and refugee as she neared the end of a desperate four year journey with her family from Homs to Germany. Her determination and spirit caught the attention of thousands of people around the world, including ours. Our team contacted Hamsa and she granted us permission to tell her story.
The result is ‘Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform’ which uses human storytelling to engage audiences and motivate action towards helping resettle those suffering from the Syrian Refugee Crisis; the worse humanitarian emergency of our time. The mission of this short (20 min) film is to reframe mainstream discourse and opinion around the resettlement of refugees and offer effective ways to take action via our website www.hamsathedocumentary.com. Hamsa and her family are funny, intelligent, profound, ordinary and striving for a better future.
Caroline Spearpoint and Miriam Thom are the filmmakers behind FoxWolf Productions and Hamsa.
Event presented in partnership with Cambridge City Council to mark Refugee Week, http://refugeeweek.org.uk
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
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Anglia Ruskin University
Lord Ashcroft Building, 3rd floor, room LAB309