We’re all delighted to announce that OKSIJAN has been accepted into the BFI London Film Festival! We’re one of about 100 shorts that will be playing across the eleven day programme It’s a great honour and accolade for the hard work the whole team put in.
The film is screening on October 5th at the Curzon Soho and Friday 6th at NFT2, as part of the ‘Thrill of the Chase’ showcase. Grab them quickly because they’re selling fast!
Oksijan is an independent short film based on the incredible true story of a seven-year old Afghan refugee’s battle to survive as he was smuggled to the UK in the back of a refrigerated lorry and the air inside began to run out.
We have already shot the film, with a fantastic cast including rising British star Ella Purnell, and an award-winning crew including the cinematographer of Oscar-winning short Stutterer. Now we need your help to get us over the line!
All money raised will help to pay for the edit, post-production and distribution, giving this film a chance to be as good as it can be and spread its message of hope far and wide.
So please share our campaign with your networks – use the indiegogo “share” feature and tag us #OKSIJANfilm to help us spread the word
Also please likeour Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter we’ll keep you up-to-date with our progress @oksijanfilm
Delighted to announce that “Escaping Darkness” the mental health treatment campaign run by the AMAR Foundation – which was inspired in part by Escape from ISIS and which I was honoured to help launch – is hugely expanding.
Thanks to generous funding by a US donor, the programme will increase its number of treatment centres in the Kurdish region, as well as opening new centres across Iraq, including in Baghdad and Najaf.
It will now be one of the main providers of mental health support for all of Iraq’s people, no matter their ethnicity or religion, something that is desperately needed in a country that has suffered such horrific violence in years of war.
Well done AMAR! And thanks to all those who have supported the Escaping Darkness appeal. Together, we can all help to reverse our world’s slide into savagery.
I’m proud to have made a small contribution to this important campaign by the fantastic charity Help Refugees.
They gathered a number of Britain’s leading lights including Rita Ora, Jamie Callum, the Freud sisters and Richard Rogers to step forward and talk about their origins as refugees who fled to this country.
When you consider all they have achieved and contributed, just think what today’s refugees might do if we only gave them a chance.
Several people have asked for my opinion on how to actually DO something to help the situation in Syria, which seems to set new benchmarks for horror, cruelty and heartbreak every day.
These are my ideas – I’d be glad if others wanted to add their own in the comments.
Please choose one. Do something. Every one of us who takes action to help, no matter how small, also strikes a blow against the monsters inflicting this violence against innocent people – and gives hope to us all.