The awe-inspiring and overwhelmingly beautiful images of Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian photographer and former refugee, so captured the imagination of acclaimed director Wim Wenders that he teamed up with Salgado’s son Juliano to tell the story of this global wanderer’s life in this award-winning documentary. It’s presented to mark Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, culture and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees and attempts to counter negative media and public perceptions of them.
A post-screening discussion will include panelists:
Janine di Giovanni: Middle East Editor of Newsweek and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Di Giovanni is also a consultant on Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has won many awards for her reportage, war reporting and journalism.
Gonzalo Vargas Llosa: Director of UNHCR UK (appointed 2014) after four years as the Refugee Agency’s Representative in the Dominican Republic. He has also served in New York, Panama and UNHCR’s Geneva headquarters, as well as on emergency missions in Pakistan, Darfur, Sudan and Libya.
Neil Burgess: Founding director of Magnum Photos London and bureau chief of Magnum New York. Since founding ‘nbpictures’, an international photographer’s agency based in London, he has represented the work of some of the world’s leading photographers, including Sebastiao Salgado, Annie Leibovitz, and Don McCullin.
Paul Lowe: Course Director of the Masters programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Lowe is an award-winning photographer, whose work is represented by Panos Pictures, and who has been published in Time, Newsweek,Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer and The Independent amongst others. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of Grozny. He is a consultant to the World Press Photo foundation in Amsterdam on online education of professional photojournalists in the majority world.
Followed by a reception in the Blue Room (space is limited, so please book your place via the bfi box office on 0207928 3232).
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Produced by BFI and Counterpoints Arts in association with FilmAid