Syrian Refugee Film 2016

Broad Campden Quakers hosted showing this film at the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden on October 6th as outreach during Quaker Week, to an audience of about 25 people – not just Quakers. The collection raised £200 for Save the Children Fund.

The making of it was sponsored by the Save the Children Fund and is about Syrian children’s experiences over a year in exile, in their own words, so had sub titles translating the Arabic.

Margaret Craske, a member of Broad Campden Quaker Meeting and a former chairman of the North Norfolk ‘Save the Children’ fundraising group, introduced the film with a few words about the varied and widespread work of the charity in many countries, followed by a short silence before it started. Her report is below.

‘This is Exile’ is not by any means a film which feels like fun. It was deeply moving, very informative and worthwhile but profoundly shocking and devastating in its scope, depth and portrayal of the enormities and inevitability of the lifelong damage of war, particularly civil war. Stark mountains and harsh settings were cleverly contrasted with children playing their well known games. It was not an optimistic fundraising, cheering film at all and in the long run none the worse for that. Sparking discussion afterwards was no problem!

Searching questions and chat over light refreshments followed, on how further short or longer term support for refugees and victims of war torn countries might be offered through SCF and other charities.