15 - 21 Jun 2020 / various times

Moving Worlds for Refugee Week 2020

Moving Worlds is a programme of films available to watch at home during Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees (15-21 June 2020). Moving Worlds is produced by Counterpoints Arts, which coordinates Refugee Week nationally.

In light of physical distancing restrictions, this year’s programme is working digitally in order to facilitate home screenings and online post-screening conversations. Now more than ever, we realise the need to stay socially and personally connected and to share compelling storytelling journeys.

Responding to this year’s Refugee Week theme ‘Imagine’, the programme itself is re-imagined as a weekly film festival with a curated programme of features and shorts exploring personal experiences of forced displacement, stories of visualising one’s future and past, as well as narratives of resilience, change and hope. In addition to the selected films generously offered by our network of filmmakers, we have also identified award-nominated films that can be accessed online via external websites.

We have chosen films that support the performance of many diverse voices and are dominated by powerful personal stories, such as the story of Paul and Millie Cao in Oscar-nominated Walk, Run, Cha-Cha, who transport us from the dance floor to the journey of their love story across the years. Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama and Hassan Fazili’s Midnight Traveler bring into focus stories about and by individuals and their families, as they imagine and carve new futures with a camera or smartphone in hand. Both films celebrate innovative storytelling techniques while re-visioning documentary practice and first-person testimony. This year’s programme also features two short animation films (Escape from England & Space Refugees) for younger audiences by Claire Desenclos, asking us to imagine how we would respond to the reality of becoming a refugee and searching for a safe place to seek refuge.

We invite you to screen any of these films in the comfort and safety of your home. We hope that they can generate meaningful conversations in person or virtually – find out more in the Locations section. We have also designed downloadable post-screening guides to encourage lively conversations across all ages.

Our thanks to the creative and passionate filmmakers and producers who generously agreed to make their films available for Refugee Week 2020, Moving Worlds package. This year’s programme is dedicated to all individuals currently experiencing forced displacement who may be experiencing precarious and challenging living conditions, especially during this uncertain time.

Moving Worlds UK is curated and programmed by Nelli Stavropoulou for Counterpoints Arts

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15 - 21 Jun 2020
various times