Sunday, 11 July 2021

Film screening "Border" - 14 July

The Freedom Shop has nothing to do with this event but it sounds interesting...

Film screening: Laura Waddington's 'Border', 2004

Wednesday, 14 July 21, 6pm
Adam Art Gallery, Kelburn Parade

"In the days, if you wandered along the motorways and the wastelands, you could see the refugees everywhere: waiting on the roadside or headed to the port and the freight trains. They travelled in twos or threes or sometimes in groups of twenty or thirty. At night, I’d walk along the roads with them. It took two or three hours to reach the spots on the channel tunnel fence, where they’d start to cut the wire. Then came the arrests and the police bus back to the camp. A few hours later, they’d re-emerge and the perverse game of cat and mouse would start again." - Laura Waddington

In 2002, filmmaker Laura Waddington spent several months in the fields around Sangatte Red Cross camp in northern France with Afghan and Iraqi refugees, who were trying to cross the channel tunnel to England. Filmed with a small video camera and the illumination of only distant car headlights, far off street lamps and police torches, Border is a personal account of the refugees’ plight and the police violence that followed the camp’s closure.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer, publisher and activist Murdoch Stephens from the ‘Doing our Bit’ campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota.

All welcome, free entry.

For more information see the Adam Art Gallery.

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