The evening will feature poems written and performed by Write to Life, the world’s only long running creative writing group for survivors of torture, and showcase five outstanding short films touching on the themes of borders, displacement and resilience.
This will be followed by a panel Q&A with filmmakers Samin Saadat, Klaas Diersmann, Mohammadreza Shademan, Ara Devine, A. Bahiyyih Wain and distinguished guests, with an open discussion on the lack of safe and legal routes to the UK that forces refugees to embark on dangerous and harrowing journeys.
Ten Weeks (Reza Shademan)
Young married illegal migrants, torn apart during the harrowing journey, meet at their destination after ten weeks apart and face the unforeseen devastating impact on their lives.
TURF (Ara Devine)
A ferryman and a Syrian asylum seeker spend a day working on a bog with a complicated journey across the Irish border.
A Day in February (Klaas Diersmann)
In another country, far away from her family, one phone call is all Galyna has to ensure their safety.
Matar (Hassan Akkad)
Experience the powerful story of Matar, as he confronts the harsh realities of the UK’s broken asylum system, and fights to rebuild his life against all odds.
Khar (Samin Saadat)
A refugee is not quite himself when he gets washed ashore on the coast of Dover and finds himself quickly taken advantage of.
About the Filmmakers
Klaas Diersmann (director)
An award-winning filmmaker who crafts unique stories with an immersive quality. Receiving a Young Director Award in Cannes and screening his films internationally at Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying festivals, Klaas is passionate about changing perceptions, challenging norms, and raising awareness of important issues, with his work touching on everything from mental health to artificial intelligence and tech obsession. Klaas’ recent projects include an art collaboration exhibiting at the 2023 Venice Architectural Biennale and the co-development of a high end TV series set in the near future.