'I was almost killed for a stupid idea called the U.K.'
These words feel particularly pertinent in light of the politics of recent weeks.
Last week I mentioned the BBC’s programme Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. These are a few snippets from the programme and a selection of articles responding to it.
The documentary is profoundly moving and insightful into the intricacies of their journeys. The humongous decisions they have to make daily and dangerous positions they are forced into are intertwined with clips of them relaxing as friends, or playing around in a swimming pool, then practicing saving each other in life jackets. What makes this programme unique is that the refugees filmed it themselves. Sometimes they risk their lives to record smugglers. It is made largely without commentary which takes away any element of pity shown by the production company, and simply tells these people’s stories as they make horrifically difficult journeys in an attempt to find safety.
'Nobody wants to leave their country and risk dying in the sea. But when it becomes impossible to live in your own country, people will do desperate things.'
Exodus shows astonishing feats of human resilience. It is a very worthy watch.
A beautiful short section of one story told in Exodus, that of 11 year old Israa. She shows a level of courage and resilience I’d have thought impossible in an 11 year old. Hearing her say that if her boat sinks, she knows her younger siblings are the ones who will get saved. She knows, she says, how to save herself. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36744907
A moving account of watching the programme. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jul/12/exodus-our-journey-europe-review-bbc-documentary-bbc
An insight into the filming process (thought the title is an exaggeration) http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-07-13/how-exodus-our-journey-to-europe-was-filmed-and-why-it-might-have-prevented-brexit
Some stills and another good write up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/07/11/exodus-our-journey-to-europe-revealed-the-terrifying-reality-of/
An interview with the creative team behind Exodus. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/politics-policy-people/the-making-exodus-our-journey-europe-interviews-keo-films