On Friday 22 November, over 100 people joined the Refugee Council and the Refugee Law Initiative for a screening of three powerful documentaries highlighting the conflict in Syria and the desperate consequences for its people.
The film screenings were followed by a panel discussion chaired by Refugee Council CEO Maurice Wren, the UK Representative to the UNHCR Roland Schilling, filmmaker Olly Lambert and Syrian refugee doctor Sonia Khoury.
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Shot between December 2011 and January 2012 in the Lebanese Syrian borders, the hills outside Homs, and the streets of Beirut, Borderland shows the confusing nature of a country in conflict, where neighbour is pitched against neighbour, and loyalties become confused.
Directed by Simon Mitchell, 2012
Not Anymore: Story of Revolution
Following 32 year old rebel commander, Mowva and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Not Anymore shows the unlikely rebels who have taken to the streets in protest against the regime. This film was not shown on the evening due to technical difficulties.
Directed by Matthew Van Dyke, 2013
The Bombing of Al-Bara
While Olly Lambert was filming a meeting of rebel soldiers, a government jet dropped a large bomb on the village of al-Bara. Despite the imminent risk of repeat attacks, Olly drove into the heart of the devastated town and captured the shocking impact of regime air strikes on a civilian population. The result is a rare, immersive portrait of the reality of civil war.
Directed by Olly Lambert, 2012
The final film shown on the evening was The Second Crisis, directed by Richard Neild. This film was a rough edit only.