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THE LESSON

‘The Lesson’ follows four children through their experience of learning about the Holocaust in a German state school. Filmed over five years during 2014-2019, the film touches upon important social and political issues including the resurgence of the far-right, xenophobia, the fractured, disparate collective memory of National Socialism and the surprising lack of intimate knowledge of the younger generations on the subject.

PIZZA, DEMOCRACY & THE LITTLE PRINCE

Profound discoveries and new friendships take place during a conversation between Syrian children seeking refuge in Istanbul, and international students, volunteering in Turkey over their summer holidays

THE SWIMMERS

IN PRODUCTION

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IN PRODUCTION

PIZZA, DEMOCRACY & THE LITTLE PRINCE

A group of Syrian children living as refugees in Istanbul are each paired with an international student to converse and share some life stories. Despite the chaos and difficulties these young refugees have endured fleeing their war-torn home nation they show that they have retained their grit, tenacity and sense of humour. As conversation flows between the series of improbable duos it becomes evident that though there might exist a number of cultural and linguistic barriers ultimately there is more common ground than one might have previously thought. Bonding over pizza, football and an Arabic copy of the little prince amongst other things the young refugees make this realisation inevitable and champion their own resilience and humanity through a series of endearing encounters with their international counterparts.

 

Directors’ Choice Awards: Best Documentary Short at the Sedona International Film Festival

SCREENINGS

St. Louis Film Festival – 03 November 2019

 

The Gazi Research Project event: “Refugees: The Media’s Influence on Minds and Policies” at University of Pennsylvania – 07 October 2019

 

The Gazi Research Project event: “Refugees: The Media’s Influence on Minds and Policies” at UN Headquarters – 03 October 2019

 

Awareness Film Fest – The Regal at La Live – 12 October 2019

 

Global Impact Film Festival – Docs and Narratives on Diplomatic Affairs (Washington DC) – 24 August 2019

 

Refugee Week (UNHCR Malta and Valletta Festival) – 20 June 2019

 

The Gazi Research Project and Jesus College Intellectual Forum event “Changing Perception of Refugees in the West” at Jesus College, Cambridge University in Cambridge – 14 May 2019

 

NortWestFest (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – 7 May 2019

 

The Gazi Research Project and Refugees Welcome HU event “Changing Perception of Refugees in the West” at Humboldt University in Berlin – 3 May 2019

 

Portraying Displacement: Refugees in Film (Istanbul, organized by Istanbul&I) – 19 April 2019

 

Sedona International Film Festival (Sedona, Arizona, USA) – 24 February 2019, 28 February 2019, 3 March 2019

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