After last week’s tragic events in Essex, I’ve decided to release Oksijan, our short film about the experience of a group of refugees trapped in a refrigerated lorry, online for the first time.
All of us on the team were deeply saddened to hear the news – and spent the day thinking that our film was finished two years ago and yet horrific tragedies like this continue to this day.
We must end our inhumane policies towards our fellow human beings, so many of whom have been forced to flee their homes by the kind of violence and oppression portrayed in For Sama.
Many people have contacted me today to say the same thing.
Mohammed Jawad, one of the real brothers, was one of them. He wrote to say many people and the press had contacted him to ask what it was like to be trapped in a truck and running out of air. Our film is an effort to convey that experience.
Please take 19 minutes out of your day to watch the film.
And if it helps people to understand and empathise just a little bit more with the 39 refugees who died yesterday in the back of a lorry, please share it far and wide.
For those who are moved to do something to help, please offer your support to the people doing incredible work at Help Refugees.