re-blogged from Migrants’ Rights Network – Charity premiere of La Pirogue to kick off the “Our Day 2013 campaign”
The dangers that confront migrants attempting the hazardous sea voyage from Africa to Europe have been brought home with tragic force in the news of the deaths of as many as 300 people off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.
For a brief moment the conscience of many people in the destination countries has been stirred by the graphic imagery of television and newspaper accounts. What is needed to drive this encounter with the grim realities of migration even deeper, so that it becomes a permanent part of Europe’s reflection on the consequences of its laws and policies?
Migrants’ Rights Network, in association with Portland Green, is organising a charity premiere screening of La Pirogue (The Boat) at the Riverside Studios on the 17 November.
La Pirogue was acclaimed at the recent Cannes Film Festivals as one of the most important works to come out of Francophone African cinema during the last year.
Directed by a Senegal’s Moussa Toure, it tells the harrowing tale of an attempted boat journey from West Africa to the Spanish territory of the Canary Islands. This, and similar journeys from North Africa shores, is the route attempted by tens of thousands of men and women each year, often accompanied by children, intent on finding work in Europe’s industries and services.
They venture out on seas heavily patrolled by coast guards and naval vessels which aim to close down the safest of these routes, with the effect that the dangers are multiplied for those who feel compelled to take the risk.
The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion led by prominent writers and commentators on contemporary migration, including Hsiao-Hung Pai, whose recent books include Scattered Sand: The story of China’s rural migrants and Dr Hein de Haas, the Oxford University authority on African migration. Other contributors will be there to talk about the role of cinema and film in telling the story of migration in the world today.
This film screening will be opening event in the 2013 Our Day campaign. Our Day unites supporters of migrants and their fight for rights in four weeks of activity which culminates on 18 December, the United Nations International Migrants Day.
Full article – – Charity premiere of La Pirogue to kick off the “Our Day 2013 campaign”
For more information about the screening, and to book your ticket, go to Riverside Studios Booking.