Film Screening with Q&A
“Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp”
with Yiannis Koufonikos & Tim Kelly
In 2016 Cold Eye Productions made the documentary film 722 TMX Engineer Battalion. This was the story of a refugee camp in Northern Greece, set up at the height of the ‘crisis’ – when European governments changed their laws and began to prevent refugees from entering their countries or travelling north of the Greek border. 722 TMX Engineer Battalion has played in capitals across the world and has become part of the educational programme for Greek schoolchildren on the refugee situation in their country. The success of the film has led to a follow-up project:
In summer 2017, creative writing lecturers and researchers from Coventry and Edge Hill universities joined filmmakers Yiannis Koufonikos and Tim Kelly on Refugee Camp Alexandria. The intention was to run storytelling workshops on the camp, involving refugees and local Greeks, and to make a film of the process. A key aim of the project was to bring local Greeks and refugees together in an educational environment, so that they could hear each other’s stories. The hope was this might help bridge the gap between the migrant and host communities.
The project resulted in a collection of stories (awaiting publication) and the documentary film Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp.
The film will be introduced by professor of Film, Owen Evans.
A Q&A session will follow the screening with the director Yiannis Koufonikos, the writer/producer Tim Kelly and Action for Refugees representative Martin Ford.
Yiannis Koufonikos is a Senior Lecturer of Film and TV Production at Edge Hill University. He is an independent self shooter filmmaker and his main body of work is around his hometown Alexandria and Greek folk music.
Tim Kelly is Course Director of the MA in Professional Creative Writing at Coventry University. A writer and filmmaker, he is Co-Director of Cold Eye Productions.
Martin Ford is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Edge Hill University. He is a founded member of Edge Hill Action for Refugees group.
Action for Refugees was established to coordinate the response of the Edge Hill Community, both staff and students, to the refugee crisis. The aim of the group is to promote a multi-faceted, positive, response to this social justice issue that results in a greater understanding of and practical support for those involved. Furthermore the group aims to explore good practice, find out about the challenges of the field, and look to develop work that would make a tangible difference in terms of research and teaching.
Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Location: Creative Edge, Edge Hill University
Tickets & Registration: Closed.
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