Nowhere To Hide: Responsibility for the Global Refugee Crisis

“The whole picture has perhaps become too overwhelming and complex. Perhaps we push it aside because it has become too difficult to witness, but this only generates fear and selfishness.” Egil Håskjold Larsen (director, 69 Minutes of 86 Days)

With the rise of the right across the western world, and the increasing legitimisation of extreme points of view, filmmakers must challenge mainstream complacency, while audiences must confront their own complicity, responsibility and ability to affect change.

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69 Minutes of 86 Days

Through a crowd of refugees standing by a shoreline, a wide-eyed young girl with a puffy coat and a Frozen backpack emerges, about to start a very long excursion. Three-year-old Lean is our focal point as she and her family trek through Europe with the goal of reaching her grandfather and a new home in Sweden. With minimal dialogue, we travel alongside Lean and get to understand the deep courage and will Syrian refugees must have as they search for a better life. Part of a new wave of documentaries that depict the various elements of the Syrian crisis, 69 Minutes of 86 Days takes a poignantly humanistic approach. In its quiet beauty, it unravels the physical and emotional challenges refugee families face every day. While Lean may not fully understand what she’s experiencing, her strength and optimism shine through, giving hope to those who need it the most.

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Event: Film

Director: Egil Håskjold Larsen

Year: 2017

Country: Norway

Date: Sunday 22 October

Time: 8.00pm

Running Time: 1hr 9m

Location: CCA Theatre

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time

Chauka is the name of a native bird on Manus Island and is also the name of the solitary confinement unit at Manus detention center. The Chauka is a symbol of the island and allows locals to tell the time from the Chauka’s regular singing.

Over a period of several months, Iranian journalist and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani had access to a phone. In secret, and with help from Iranian-Dutch filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Boochani created a film which portrays what he describes as “the coarsening banality and repetition” of indefinite detention.

Scottish Premiere, presented in association with Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network (GRAMNet)

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Event: Film

Director: Behrouz Boochani, Arash Kamali Sarvestani

Year: 2017

Country: Papua New Guinea

Date: Sunday 22 October

Time: 12.20pm

Running Time: 1hr 30m

Location: CCA Theatre

No Man Is An Island

The tiny island of Lampedusa rests in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea—a prime gateway for African refugees into Europe and a jumping-off point into greater Italy. For the few who remain on the island, this sanctuary comes at a cost. For Adam, a 16-year-old Ghanaian boy adopted into the family that employs him, the push to assimilate into Italian culture is tempered by sinister undercurrents of racism. Fleeing with many Tunisians during the Arab Spring, 21-year-old Omar has also found an adoptive family, but it’s impossible to ignore his loneliness on the provincial island and his intense yearning for companionship. Both young men walk among the Lampedusiani looking for connection but finding only strangers. Like great poetry, this visually arresting and perceptive double portrait illustrates the ineffable qualities of their experience.

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Event: Film

Director: Tim De Keersmaecker

Year: 2016

Country: Belgium

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 2.00pm

Running Time: 1hr 20m

Location: CCA Cinema

Nowhere To Hide

For Document 2017, we have a series of special features screening in venues outside of the city centre – with multi-award winning documentaries including Zaradasht Ahmed’s Nowhere to Hide.

Winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary at IDFA 2017, Nowhere to Hide follows male nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors and the hope of a better future as American and Coalition troops retreat from Iraq in 2011, conflicts continue with Iraqi militias, and the population flees accompanied by most of the hospital staff. Nori is one of the few who remain. When ISIS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and takes over the city, he too must flee with his family at a moment’s notice, and turns the camera on himself.

This event is free but ticketed.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI‘s Film Audience Network.

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Event: Film

Director: Zaradasht Ahmed

Year: 2016

Country: Iraq, Sweden, Norway

Date: Thursday 12 October

Time: 7.30pm

Running Time: 1hr 26m

Location: Platform

Panel Discussion: Nowhere To Hide – Responsibility For The Global Refugee Crisis

With the global refugee crisis increasingly politicised, allowing people in dire need to be dehumanised, abused and to die on points of abstract principle, basic assumptions are being challenged. What are the implications of this aggressive and regressive political landscape?

How can documentary be used to shake audiences from lazy attitudes and platitudes, bubbles, presumptions and stubborn self-righteousness?

Presented in association with Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network (GRAMNet)

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Event: Panel Discussion

Date: Sunday 22 October

Time: 2.00pm

Running Time: 2hr

Location: CCA Creative Lab

Stranger in Paradise

In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees receive lessons from a teacher who has some rather unbalanced traits. One moment he mercilessly rejects the refugees – the next he embraces them. A plea that borders on the immoral; a welcome charged with a guilt complex; and the compromise between these, made policy. Operating at the intersection of documentary and fiction, Stranger in Paradise is an unflinching film essay investigating the power relations between Europe and refugees.

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Event: Film

Director: Guido Hendrikx

Year: 2016

Country: Netherlands

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 8.30pm

Running Time: 1hr 17m

Location: CCA Theatre

Vertigo Sea at Talbot Rice Gallery

This year, Document are collaborating with Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh to bring you two events to coincide with their exhibition Vertigo Sea.

Vertigo Sea is an exhibition featuring two remarkable installations by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah. Recognised internationally for work that engages with the human condition, winning the 2017 Artes Mundi Award, his films are powerful visions of global diaspora, expansive historical narratives and lamentations on individual mortality.

Evolving from his work with the Black Audio Film Collective (beginning in 1982) the works in this exhibition embody a political desire to allow those forgotten, displaced or repressed by history to haunt the present in order to inform alternative futures.

In the face of recent political travesty, Vertigo Sea presents an opportunity to meditate upon our place within the world, against the immense spaces and epic timescales evoked by the films. It reminds us of our interconnectedness and the diverse, ghostly community that shapes who we are.

Stranger in Paradise

Guido Hendrikx | Netherlands | 2016 | 1hr 17m (p??)

Thurs 2 Nov, 18:00

In collaboration with Talbot Rice, we will be screening Guido Hendrikx’s bold and unflinching look at the absurdities of the asylum systemThe screening will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ event framing Stranger in Paradise in the context of Akromfrah’s work. The discussion will also consider filmmakers’ approaches to addressing questions of displacement and global migration, both throughout history and in the precarious present.

Free, but ticketed.

Edinburgh Schools Screening: Stateless in Lesvos 

Guy Smallman | UK | 2015 | 26m

Mon 30 October

Shot over three days on the Greek island now famous for receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey. Filmmaker Guy Smallman concentrated not on the refugees themselves but on the incredible dedication and humanity of the Greek and international volunteers assisting the most vulnerable people on the planet as they attempt to reach a place of safety.

Image: John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea (film still), 2015. © Smoking Dogs Films. Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

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Event: Event

Date: Monday 30 October

Location: Various