A powerful example of humour to make a point – BBC‘s ‘Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe‘ features a mockumentary on immigration led by Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas. Slightly sweary but absolutely worth the watch.
We Walk Together – The Guardian. Thousands of refugees were sleeping rough in Budapest, waiting for trains to take them to west. Then they just got up and walked. Journalist and filmmaker John Domokos went with them. This is the story of one Syrian family and those who came out to help.
Britain Detained – Real Media. An excellent film. In 2017 alone more than 27,000 people were entered into the 8 detention centres across the UK. 47% were asylum seekers. They’re held (sometimes for years) in the equivalent of Category B security prisons, pending removal or deportation, but also many are held just while being assessed on whether they have a right to remain in the UK. They are denied liberty and separated from friends, family and support networks. Rooms are shared with strangers, and asylum-seekers can be paired with convicted criminals, or with a person from a different country or tribe with whom there is long-standing conflict.
Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea – VICE News/MSF. In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched their own vessel to find those stranded at sea and and in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe. VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these extraordinary search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and speak to rescued refugees and migrants, hearing about the suffering they have endured. Gripping.
The Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Britain: Extended Film – BBC Newsnight. Over the course of 11 months, Newsnight’s Katie Razzall charts one family’s journey from a war-ravaged Syrian town to a new life in Newcastle. When their son, Omar, is accused of sexual assault, their nightmare continues. After a 3-week trial, Omar was found not guilty.
UK: Scuffles erupt as Britain First rally overrun by massive Welcome Refugees demo – Ruptly.TV. Scuffles broke out between police and antifa demonstrations in central London as a massive crowd of anti-racism protesters rallied to oppose a tony demo staged by the far-right group Britain First. (2016)
Lift the Ban: “Life in Limbo: The Refugees Desperate To Work in the UK”– HuffPost Reports. For refugees seeking asylum in the UK, a decision on their claim should be reached by the government within 6 months. However, it can often take longer: sometimes even years. While waiting they aren’t allowed to work and must survive on just £35 per week. The Lift The Ban campaign is fighting for restrictions to be reduced, allowing people to work sooner.
UK Border tensions: Anti-immigration protests on the rise – BBC Newsnight. As increasing numbers of migrants attempt to reach the UK in small boats, anti-immigration protests targeting asylum seekers have begun to rise. Shows right-wing activists from Britain First harrassing asylum-seekers who have temporarily been placed in hotels.
My experience hosting a refugee – Personal vlog of 18-year-old Bryony (in the UK), who lives alone but owns a 2-bed flat and decided to host a refugee. She’s astonishingly knowledgeable about the facts around asylum-seeking. She took in an Ethopian woman who spoke almost no English.
Community Sponsorship – There are now over 200 Community Sponsorship groups in the UK, including us! They also include a rugby team, businesseschurches and even a pub darts team. It’s a way people can come together to express their love and concern for refugees, and bring a family to safety in the UK – and in their community.
Suspended – Inscape Animations. When you’re a popular man in a friendly village, you own a successful restaurant and you live at the centre of your extended family and your many friends… when daily life is strolling about in the sunshine, why would you ever want to leave?