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War Child

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Summary

Documentary following three child refugees making a dangerous journey across Europe in the hope of finding sanctuary. Two boys from Afghanistan are taken unaccompanied by smugglers from Iran to Turkey, then board a boat to Greece. Their hope is to reach Germany, where one of them has a brother. A girl from Aleppo travelling with her family flee a refugee camp when violence erupts, hoping to cross the border.

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Review

Rawan is 12, with a bright, beaming smile that rarely falters. She and her family were prosperous in their Syrian home town of Aleppo. “I came from a beautiful house, it had everything. We started crying when we left.”

Eleven year old Emran, who speaks mellifluous English, left his parents in Afghanistan: “The Taliban started killing children as they walked to school so my father sent me to Europe.”

Both Rawan and Emran embarked on hellish journeys seeking sanctuary and even just a little kindness. This powerful, important film follows the children as they try to build what lives they can in fetid refugee camps, on endless route marches through mountains and, in the case of Rawan’s family, when they are held hostage by smugglers demanding money.

“I was young in Syria,” says Rawan. “The road to here made me grow older.”

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DirectorJamie Roberts
Executive producerKatie Buchanan
Executive producerSimon Chinn
Executive producerJonathan Chinn

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