Displacement and migration are the defining themes of our time.
In one of the largest movements of people since the Second World War, more than a million people crossed into Europe in 2015. With conflict continuing in Syria and Iraq, discrimination against minorities in Afghanistan, and dire conflict and poverty in North and East Africa, hundreds of thousands more continue to make this journey. Displacement and migration are the defining themes of our time. HOME will be a series of 360° films exploring the meaning of home through the stories of refugees who have been in the Calais Jungle.
The first film (Home: Aamir) follows the story of a 22 year old man escaping the threat of murder in Sudan. The film, a collaboration between National Theatre and Surround Vision, is premiering at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 10-15th June 2016 and will be presented as an immersive installation, staged within a recreation of a structure HOME | Aamir is a immersive verbatim documentary.
Sule Rimi takes the voice of Aamir speaking his words from an interview shaped by verbatim writer Suhayla El Bushra. The War in Dafur began in 2003 and saw president Omar Al-Bashir indicted for genocide after a systematic ethnic cleansing of the non-Arab population. Samir’s father sold the last valuable item the family had to pay traffickers to take his son away from certain death. This begins a treacherous journey across Sudan, Libya, the Mediterranean, Italy and France. In each part of his journey Aamir faces or encounters death again and again.
This film tells the story of a brave and tenacious 22 year old man whose recent life has been a continual fight for survival in the constant face of aggression and rejection. Aamir’s encounters challenge many perspectives people hold about refugees forced to escape their original homeland and deepens the viewers understanding by placing them in the shoes of this lost soul.