Past screening

London Migration Film Festival: In the Rearview

Directed by: Maciek Hamela
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: 12A
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Directed by: Maciek Hamela
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: 12A
Topics: Sociopolitical

Presented in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest. One country. One minibus. Many journeys. This fly-on-the-wall film captures Ukrainians as they are forced to leave their homes and drive into the unknown.

What does it look like to flee from a war? This gentle film explores the raw, human cost of conflict. Each new passenger, whether women or men, young or old, has first-hand experience of the Russian invasion, and a spectrum of emotions surfaces in the car transporting them to safety. Children mutely read books, a woman weeps for the cow she’s left behind, others are lost for words… And beyond the confines of the minibus is rural Ukraine – a vast landscape littered with the carnage of war.

Followed by a filmmaker Q&A. 

This screening will be Open Captioned and the Q&A will be Signed – a British Sign Language interpreter will be visible on stage throughout the event.

London Migration Film Festival is an annual film festival that has been running since 2016. The aim of the festival is to challenge the narrow rhetoric on migration that often sees migration, and people on the move, framed in reductive and dehumanising binaries. The festival is taking place from 22-29 November 2023.

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