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Ukrainian refugees feature in a short film by the UN Refugee Agency

Ukrainian refugees feature in a short film by the UN Refugee Agency

SHORT FILM

Before world refugee day June 20, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency has released “Uprooted,” a hard-hitting short film starring and directed by Ukrainian refugees currently living in Germany. The film shows loud noises – a door slamming, the sirens of an ambulance, the detonation of fireworks – and how they can trigger terrifying memories of war. About fifty refugees from Ukraineincluding writers, choreographers, designers, casting producers, styling assistants, sets, makeup, music, and all of the talent featured in the film, were involved in the project.

‘Uprooted’, released on UNHCR’s social media platforms on Monday, is playing in select cinemas across the UK. It was directed by Andzej Gavriss of Stink Films who wrote the concept with Ukrainian choreographer Konstantin Koval and Don’t Panic London creative partner Rick Dodds. Production took place in Berlin, Germany.

UNHCR spokesperson, Joung-Ah Ghedini-Williams said: “The cast and crew of Ukrainian refugees at the heart of this film call for solidarity, compassion and support for all those forced to flee across the world. No one can ignore the horror of war, whoever they are or wherever they live. UNHCR strives to provide support such as psychosocial counseling and to work with host communities to welcome refugees, as this is essential for the long-term recovery of all those who have fled war. As this film shows so powerfully, all people displaced by conflict or persecution, in Ukraine and around the world, need our continued embrace and unwavering support to survive the memories of war.

Watch the movie here:

FESTIVAL

Jim Archer‘Brian and Charles’ won the 2022 Audience Favorite Award Sundance Film Festival: London. The film, written by David Earl and Chris Hayward, produced by Rupert Majendie and executive produced by Damian Jones, Lauren Dark and Mary Burke, follows Brian, a lonely and unlucky inventor who takes on his most ambitious project yet – Charles, a man artificially intelligent. robot made of odds and ends, including an old washing machine, which has an inexplicable obsession with cabbages. The film had its UK premiere at the festival (June 9-12), which took place at Picturehouse Central, following its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, USA, earlier this year.

Filmmakers and actors who attended the festival to present their films and participate in Q&As from the audience, included Sophie Hyde, Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack for the UK premiere of ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’; Julie Ha and Eugene Yi for their documentary “Free Chol Soo Lee”; Andrew Semans for his psychological thriller “Resurrection”, with Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth; Adamma and Adanne Ebo for “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” featuring Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown; and producer Simon Chinn and director Ed Perkins for the Princess Diana documentary “The Princess.”

The festival’s premier industry program featured a keynote from the American producer Christine Vachon from Killer Films and other industry speakers included directors Prano Bailey Bond, Aneil Karia and Rubika Shah; producers John Battsek, Ameenah Ayub Allen and Mary Burke; and executives like Modern Films’ Eve Gabereau, Elysian’s Danny Perkins, BBC Film’s Eva Yates and Film4’s Farhana Bhula.


Beyond rights

SALES

Sky Germany acquired a package of approximately 100 hours from Beyond rights. The package includes “Elizabeth” (8 x 60′), the series of royal biographies which covers the 70-year reign of the British Queen and “The
Prince and the pedophile” (1 x 60′), about his son, Prince Andrew. The German broadcaster also picked up two series of “Inside British Airways” (6 x 60′), “World’s Greatest Palaces” (10 x 60′), “Inside Secret Societies” (6 x 60′), “Nazi Murder Mysteries” (6 x 60′), “WW2: Witness to War” (12 x 60), four series of the nature title “Monkey Life” (80 x 30′) and “Pooch Perfect USA” (8 x 60′), the Version American of the competitive dog grooming show hosted by Rebel Wilson.

RTL acquired the automotive, science and popular culture series “Motor MythBusters” (8 x 60′), which will air on NITRO next week, while Discovery Germany took over the six series of “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords” (71 x 60′). ZDF Studios acquired the aeronautical mystery show “MH370: The Cover Up” (2 x 60′) and the second series of “Underground Worlds” (10 x 60′). And, Seven.One Entertainment Group GmbH acquired the first three series of “Undercut: Wooden Treasure” (14 x 60′), which follows lumberjacks in northern Italy, and the fourth and final series of “Massive Engineering Mistakes” (10 x 60′) .


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