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Secret Cinema hosts Calais migrant camp film screening

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:18

Secret Cinema, a popular British company specialising in temporary movie screenings, holds a pop-up film showing for refugees in the Calais migrant camp, as part of a worldwide event called ''#LoveRefugees'' held simultaneously in 20 different countries. Joel Flynn reports.

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It might be something that so many of us take for granted. But for those in Calais' migrant camp, the chance to sit down with friends and watch a movie was a luxury few would have seen coming. Secret Cinema on Saturday arrived in the northern French port. Bringing with it an inflatable screen, a DJ, and a chance to escape reality for an evening. That's something that founder Fabien Riggall believes they need. SOUNDBITE: Secret Cinema Founder, Fabien Riggall, saying (English): "We believe passionately that culture and art can change the way that people think about issues that are affecting people today, and we hope with this project "Love Refugees" that we will actually begin a cinema network across the worst affected places on earth." More than 1,000 migrants huddled together among the sand dunes for the screening. There were cheers as the Bollywood classic on show concluded, followed by smiles and gratitude. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Migrant, saying (English): "Really, it's so nice and this is, to give to us, you give us so much and we really appreciate this and I just hope we can return the favour for all of you." SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Migrant, saying (English): "Yeah very nice, a very good movie. It was a Hindi movie, it was very nice." SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Migrant, saying (English): "I think this film helped us forget our problems in this jungle, because we solved our problems today - we are happy because we sing and we dance and we saw a long film." The showcase was part of a global event held in 20 countries under the hashtag banner "#LoveRefugees". For those taking part in Calais and elsewhere, this weekend's showings will certainly have been films to remember.

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Secret Cinema hosts Calais migrant camp film screening

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:18