secret cinema are hosting #loverefugees screenings around the world
After the refugee solidarity march in London yesterday, a protest screening was held in London at the same time as films were shown for refugees in the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais.
After tens of thousands of people marched through London to send the message that refugees are welcome here, Secret Cinema held screenings in solidarity with refugees in 25 countries around the world, and also hosted a screening inside the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, attended by 1,000 people.
As newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said at the #WelcomeRefugees rally in central London on Saturday, "Let's deal with the refugee crisis with humanity, support, help, compassion [and] to try and help people trying to get to a place of safety". Secret Cinema are hosting the global "screening protests" in order to raise awareness and funds for refugees around the world.
The Calais screening showed the 1956 French film The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, and 200 red balloons were released over the camp "to symbolise the growing global support for refugees who are fleeing to safety". The screening started with a performance by London grime MC and M.I.A collaborator AfriKan Boy, and was followed by Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
At the screenings held in 25 countries around the world, including Palestine, France, the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Kenya, Tunisia, Germany, Italy, Finland and Belgium, Secret Cinema showed Turtles Can Fly, a 2004 film about refugees on the Iraqi-Turkish border by Bahman Ghobadi, whose is currently making a film about eight refugee children on the Syrian-Iraqi border, shot on small cameras by the children themselves, enabling them to tell their story to audiences around the world.
In a release from Secret Cinema, the organisation highlight that, "The situation in the 'Jungle' camp is critical. It needs our support. There are 3500 people in the camp; 200 Women and children in a nearby annexe. Alarmingly, there are over 100 women in the men's camp who cannot find a place in this second one. A simple act would be to grant the women and children asylum immediately." They add that the screening at the Jungle in Calais is the first of many screenings in refugee camps across Europe that seek to establish a cultural dialogue.