Today, over 65 million people are deprived of a home, a family and a job, due to the intensification of conflicts. It is the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II. To survive, every one of them needs humanitarian aid.
Despite its gravity, the situation which displaced people are forced to face often remains invisible to the wider world. The EU and Oxfam have joined forces in the international awareness raising campaign 'EUsaveLIVES-You save lives', so that the stories of millions of people from Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan – who are in the middle of a forced exile – will be heard.
'EUsaveLIVES-You save lives' tells the story of three conflicts which have led to significant increases in internally displaced persons and refugees over the last few years: over 11 million in Syria; over 2 million in South Sudan and some 900 000 in the Central African Republic.
The campaign aims to give a voice to those affected, showing the human side of these crises - and amplifying that voice - so millions of people are made aware of the reality of everyday life in refugee camps and host communities.
'EUsaveLIVES-You save lives' is supported by a large group of celebrities from music, culture, journalism and television who want to help draw attention to the plight of millions of refugees in the world.
The campaign has run in ten European countries: Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Documentary: 'District Zero'
'District Zero' tells the story of Maamun Al-Wadi, a Syrian refugee who begins a new life in Jordan’s Zaatari camp fixing mobile phones. He is one of nearly 60 million refugees and displaced person worldwide.
People from all over the camp come to his shop and through each customer they see the contents of their memory cards: their past lives in Syria (happiness, daily routine and family life) as well as the war, destruction, fear and flight.
The documentary has been presented at film festivals since September 2015. Watch the teaser below.
Screenings of the documentary around the world:
- 6 September 2015: World Expo Milan, Italy.
- 20 September 2015: San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain.
- 8 December 2015: Karama festival in Jordan.
- 9 March 2016: Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico.
- 15 March 2016: RDdoc Film Festival in the Dominican Republic. RDoc is one of the main meeting spaces and broadcast points for documentary films in the Dominican Republic.
- 20 March 2016: Sebastopol Film Festival in Sebastopol, CA (USA). The mission of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is to bring the best independent documentary films in the world, and their filmmakers, to Sonoma County.
- 25 March 2016: Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague, Netherlands. 'Movies that Matter' wants to open eyes by offering a stage for poignant fiction films and revealing documentaries that stir debates about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice.
- 8 April 2016: Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy. A festival on cinema, documentaries, art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa, 'Middle East Now' aims to highlight the identity of the countries of this region and bring them to the attention of the Italian public.
- 8 April 2016: 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in Minneapolis, MN (USA). The largest film event in the region and one of the longest running film festivals in the country, MSPIFF is a catalyst for artistic discovery and an essential Spring exhibition showcasing 250+ new feature length and short narrative and documentary films from 60+ countries.
- 10 April 2016: Espiello - Muestra de Documental Etnográfico de Sobrarbe in Boltaña, Spain. Espiello is the only ethnographic film festival in Spain. Its 14th edition will host an international competition of ethnographic documentaries.
- 14 April 2016: Belfast Film Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The festival promotes film education and practical film-making skills, and has attracted film industry guests such as Seamus Mc Garvey, Brendan Gunn and John Lynch.
- 17 May 2016: Ethnocineca - International Documentary Film Festival in Vienna, Austria. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a broad selection of documentary filmmaking.
- 7 June 2016: Festival de Cine de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. The Festival was launched in 2004 with the aim to support and promote film culture, and it celebrates its 13th anniversary this year.
- 14-17 July 2016: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, USA
- 23-31 July 2016: Social World Festival, Italy
- 2-7 August 2016: Filmes do Homem, Festival International de Melgaço, Portugal
- 10-13 August 2016: Lucania Film Festival, Italy
- 18-21 August 2016: Marfici, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar de Plata, Argentina