As part of their shared commitment to improve the care given to refugees, Redland Quakers are watching two films originally transmitted by the BBC. The films are free, but bring some food to eat while you watch. These films were made by giving refugees smart phones to film people attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty or persecution. The films will be shown in the Meeting House library after Meeting for Worship. They contain some distressing scenes, so parents might want to be prepared for a discussion with their children after seeing the film.
The first is at Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6JE, at 12.30pm, on 7th May. Ahmad, a Syrian Kurd, has reached Athens. Rather than the long and uncertain route overland through Europe, he negotiates with a smuggler for a fake passport that he can use to fly to France. Time is of the essence, with his wife and daughter trapped in Syria. In Calais, his first attempt to cross the Channel almost results in suffocation in a flour tanker. But he refuses to give up on Britain. The second film is being shown on Sunday 18 June at 12.30pm, at the Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6JE. 22 year-old Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel ‘the back way’ 6,000 kilometres to Italy to find work. Following his father’s death, Alaigie’s dreams of becoming an engineer were shattered, and he needs to earn money to support his family. He films the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards, across the Sahara in overloaded trucks to Tripoli. But instead of getting on a boat as he had expected, Alaigie is kidnapped and a ransom is demanded. His family in Gambia struggle to raise the money to pay. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org