A COMPELLING 62-MINUTE FILM FOLLOWING THE SCANDAL OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALMOST 2000 LONE CHILDREN WHO WERE IN THE CALAIS JUNGLE AS IT BURNED DOWN LAST YEAR- MOST OF WHOM HAD A LEGAL CASE TO BE IN THE UK. WHAT WENT WRONG? WHERE ARE THEY NOW? AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
SEE THE TRAILER https://vimeo.com/230595898
SUPPORT THE CROWD-FUNDING TO DISTRIBUTE THE FILM, AND HELP TAKE CARE OF THE YOUNG POEPLE INVOLVED. THANKS!!
Dec 27th 2017
Thank you so much for supporting the crowd funding and the screenings of CALAIS CHILDREN. We have done almost 50 screenings since the film was finished, in UK USA and Europe, and have a great number coming up- please see screenings column which I’l be updating as we go into the New Year. The national campaign Stand Up to Racism are screening the film all over UK- they saw it in Calais (see below) and have become very involved which is great.
Ive been to show the film back in Calais and conditions there are terrible. So we continue to support many of the young people in the film, and others we’ve met on the way, one to one, and the film is being used by some of the larger groups like Care4Calais as a tool for helping brief volunteers. Its also being screened in Parliament in Jan 2018- please let us know if you want us to invite your MP or anyone from the Lords that you’re in touch with.
And we go to the High Court in early Feb with our case- Duncan Lewis public law team who I brought to the Jungle, on behalf of the kids we identified who should have been brought under Dubs.
So the film goes in raising awareness, and campaigning for a change in the number of children who can be brought to UK- and through continued crowd funding, offers ongoing support to the young people involved.
More news soon and thanks again so much for being part of this, Sue xx
DEAR ALL! I hope you will forgive that I haven’t posted for a few weeks – after 9 very full-on months of filming, supporting the kids, advising for ITV and C4 News, and getting the fim out to the legal and campaign world I needed a short break. ` the good news is that the film is running DAILY until Sept 28th in the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL as part of the brilliant PROTESTIMONY exhibition. see the link below http://www.assoimagine.com/documentation
Plus there are another 10 or so screenings lined up for the next month, I will list them all on the right-hand column of this page later today- some very exciting ones indeed ! More later. All v best Sue x
13th July 2017 I was invited onto the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show this morning. Responding to the new Butler Sloss report on trafficking. Said what i want to say which is that while we might berate the French police for their harshness, the HOME OFFICE PAYS THE FRENCH POLICE TO DO THIS. With our tax dollar.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08xqb54/victoria-derbyshire-13072017 Item is at 01.07.53 -01.19.27
12th July 2017 Twice on the news today! The Butler-Sloss report on Trafficking is out so I’m back in Calais, working with ITV News (at 10) http://www.itv.com/news/2017-07-12/vulnerable-lone-child-refugees-have-been-failed-by-british-inaction-says-report/ and C4 News https://www.channel4.com/news/migration-crisis-are-we-fuelling-people-smuggling to get items out this evening Weds. Its horrendous- there are now several hundred kids back here, and they are sleeping in the woods, in pouring rain. They are constantly harassed by the CRS (riot police) who spray then with gas and with pepper spray. They also spray their blankets/sleeping bags/tents if they have any (given by Auberge des Migrants) with pepper spray which makes them unusable. Every night. No-one seems to think about a future plan for these young people. A daily round of sleeping in the wet, being shocked awake in the night by copes, hounded around the industrial waste land of Calais, (They’re not allowed to sleep ! as that would count as them being ‘resident’) then they spend the later day trying to get on trucks, trying to get anywhere that might not turn them away nor treat them like animals or crimials. Its one of the worst things I’ve seen on all my trips. We have to keep pushing to get a resolution.
4th July 2017
Dear all thanks so much those of you who’ve got to screenings ! See more listed at the side for July 11th and 18th.
The film is also going to be svcreened in Parliament and a number of other ways it will have real impact.
Crowd funding still going on so I can get phones and sim cards etc for all the kids we work with…
All very very best everyone!