To create a short documentary about Syrian refugees living in the UK and how they are ‘surviving life’.
I hope this will allow them to share their individual stories and inspire viewers to restore their empathy igniting a change in perspective.
Research indicates that there is a negative portrayal of refugees in the UK media, with them being seen as security threats as they threaten the host country’s national security and identity. Furthermore, to water this seed of resentment, popular UK tabloids are widely known for their anti-migrant refugee headlines and languages. Subsequently, the collective outrage that once seized the world at the sight of Alan Kurdi’s tragic death has receded and no longer acts as s source for immediate response and action.
I would like Surviving Life to change this dehumanizing narrative of refugees - (that they are nothing more than a burden and a threat) in particular Syrian refugees and combat the state of panic and anxiety among the public regarding this negative portrayal. I would like Surviving Life to act as a reminder to everyone that we must not become numb to the adversity of human life and we must open our borders as we open our arms to truly help them survive.
Through creating a short documentary about Syrian refugees living in the UK I hope to create a captivating film that gives viewers an insight into the struggles of a Syrian refugee and all that they must do in order to survive.
Stories allow viewers to feel, bone-deep, and I hope through inspiring people to restore their empathy ‘Surviving Life’ will act as a beacon for hope as it ignites a change in perspective, a passion and a desire to reduce human suffering.
I then hope to indeed present it at a film festival in order to increase awareness.
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You can now apply to join the project.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Anyone is welcome to help, however, I would like the involvement of any organisation that might help me get in contact with refugees in order to document their stories
HOW CAN I HELP?
Research methods to get into contact with refugees and seek permission to film. Finding appropriate locations to shoot.
Assist in documenting the stories told by refugees. Assist in ideas to creatively portray each shot.