The past two weeks have almost merged into one long, groundhog day in which the new digital reality has taken hold. Of course, we also adjusted, so in co-operation with UNHCR Croatia we are constantly talking about those who have not disappeared, only appearing less in the media: refugees. Today we know more about how precios is one's home than we ever thought we would ever know so watch the movies we recommend, everyone in this world has the right to a home, peace and security.
Here are the films we watched so far:
ZADNJI U ALEPU
dir. Feras Fayyad
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the volunteers from the White Helmets, director Feras Fayyad lets us experience the daily life, death and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm. We had the opportunity to watch the film at the 12th Festival of Tolerance.
Short instruction: You have to have Vimeo account (free of charge), and you have to select "rent" option. You also have to put in "Croatia" and promo code, "DOKU-IZOLACIJA".
dir. Ena Sendijarević, 17'
Young Bosnian family ends up in a small Dutch village after they got the protected status in 1994. One absurd situation catches another while they are trying to build their home in a new world. Film premiered in Cannes in 2016, it was screened on over a hundred film festivals around the world and won numerous awards. We had a chance watching it at Zagreb Film Festival.
dir. M.I.A., 5'
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, or globally known as M.I.A., is a musician and activist who continuously draws attention to the problems of refugees through her work. No wonder considering she was a refugee herself. The visually attractive, provocative video for Borders suits the end of the week and the online parties and soirées at which we meet friends. Borders, what is that? We had the M.IA to meet and hear in Zagreb as part of the Philosophical Theater.
FRENCH GUIANA: GARDENERS IN EXILE
dir. Frédéric Tonolli, 25'
Cacao, a small village in the French Guianese jungle is inhabited by the Hmong people, refugees from the Vietnam War. 500 souls came here in 1977 and have since transformed the tropical forest into a heavenly garden.
ONE MAN’S JOURNEY FROM REFUGEE TO MAYOR
Great Big Story, 5'
Helena, Montana has about 30,000 residents and Mayor Wilmot Collins wants to know what each and every one of them thinks. He meets with constituents the first Wednesday of every month, eager to hear firsthand how he can support and improve the community that gave his family a second chance. Collins’ own road to Helena was arduous and unexpected, and it all started in Liberia over 20 years ago.
dir. Daphne Matziaraki, 22’
In 2001, 20 Afghan refugees arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was that year’s biggest news event, recalls Kyriakos, the coast guard captain. Back then, his job mostly entailed carrying out routine checks in the 4.1-mile-wide strait separating the island from the Turkish mainland. Those tranquil days are long gone. Kyriakos and his 10 colleagues are now called out hourly to save hundreds of people risking the crossing. Greek journalist Daphne Matziaraki joined the heroic captain for a single day: October 28, 2015.