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Watch a Film

As part of Refugee Week, one of the recommended simple acts is to watch a film:

Here are our recommendations for short films

Follow the link to Moving Worlds where you will also find links to feature length films.

Films for Adults

Refugee Week Films for Adults

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To mark this year's Refugee Week, BFI and Counterpoints Arts have compiled a collection of films that explore refugee experiences in the past and present and across different parts of the world.

The collection includes the 1938 portrayal of the persecution of refugees in Europe and Asia; Robert Vas' beautiful account of a Hungarian refugee's first day in London; and Syrian Love Story, the powerful and acclaimed story of a couple brought together by the conflict in Syria. Refugee Week is an international festival of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contributions and diversity that refugees bring, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Click on the link above to access 

the BFI 2021 Refugee Week films.

Amnesty International - When you don't exist

People move to Europe for different reasons. Some flee persecution or war. Others leave because of chronic poverty. They hope to find a safer, better future in Europe. But too often they find a different reality. Europe is failing migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. Negative attitudes to asylum-seekers and migrants are widespread. European countries are stepping up measures to control migration. This can cause serious human rights violations. People on the move have their rights violated, often out of the public eye. They are effectively made invisible.

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To learn more about Amnesty International's campaign, please visit:

Rain is Beautiful

A film by Nick Francis ( & Marc Silver (
Omar, a Somali refugee, fled the war in Libya last year to live in a camp on the country's border with Tunisia. This episode of his story, Rain is Beautiful, begins with emotional farewells at the camp as Omar leaves his friends behind to begin a new life in Sandviken in northern Sweden. He is met at Stockholm airport by the Swedish migration board, visits a doctor, gets his 'right to remain' signed and learns what margarine is.

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Refugee Week Films for Children

Films for Children

UNICEF: Unfairy Tales ~ Malak and the boat

This is the first animation in our 'Unfairy Tales' series that brings to life the true stories of the Syrian crisis' youngest survivors. 7-year-old Malak fled with her family from war-torn Syria and braved a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. "I had a lot of friends, now there is no one left," Malak says.

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BBC Learning: ‘Seeking Refuge’ Series 

Seeking Refuge. Five animated stories giving a unique insight into the lives of young people who have sought refuge in the UK, told by the children themselves. Five animated stories giving a unique insight into the lives of young people who have sought refuge in the UK, told by the children themselves.

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