A short film by Michelle Featherstone at Dartmouth Films - a British independent documentary film-making company led by Tariq Ali. And a film which we hope 'tells the true human story of refugees in the Calais refugee camp through the work of Art Refuge UK'.
Filmed over the freezing cold and inhospitable winter months, it speaks to the role of art-making as a powerful means of survival and coping, in the context of a refugee camp that is rife with problems but also full of humanity. We thought carefully with Dartmouth Films about the what would be captured and how this could be done whilst keeping the psychological support that we offer though the open art-making space for a range of individuals, at the core of our work.
Before sharing the film, we have taken the opportunity to take it to the camp to show it to some of the residents featured, as well as other participants of the open studio spaces. Feedback has been positive, with residents in the camp keen to find ways to share the harsh realities of life in a camp which has found itself able to exist to such poor standards in such an affluent, nearby European country. They also hope that the film raises awareness of injustices taking place both nearby and far away from us, and how this has led them to be in desperation situations and force them to make decision to leave loved ones and take the dangerous journey far away from the place that they called home. Care has been taken for all names and identities to be obscured.