Refugees’ short film marks Holocaust Memorial Day

One Place to Another Film
'One Place to Another' is a short film created by refugees in Scotland to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

A group of refugees living in Scotland have created a moving short film to mark Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on 27 January. The film, honouring today’s refugees, was commissioned by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as part of its arts project ‘Flames for humanity’s heroes’.

The six men from Eritrea worked with Scottish Refugee Council and filmmaker Kevin Cameron to produce the short film titled ‘One Place to Another’ in which Henok, Robel, Hamid, Surafel, Tomas and Mulugeta share their experiences of escape from persecution in their country which enforces unlimited national service.

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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust - the charity responsible for marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK - tasked 12 groups across the country with creating artwork which conveyed the stories of people who didn't stand by in the face of hatred, persecution or genocide.

 Using a combination of green screen and animation, the men give an insight into the harrowing journeys that they made across North Africa, prior to crossing the Mediterranean where so many have lost their lives in their search for sanctuary. The film asks viewers to show solidarity with refugees in the face of the persecution they have fled, along with the hostility and challenges they may face as they begin to make a life in a new place, and asks us ‘not to stand by’ – the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

 All 12 artworks will be displayed at an exhibition at the UK Commemorative Event for Holocaust Memorial Day in London on 27 January, to an audience of Holocaust and genocide survivors, MPs and dignitaries. The artwork will also be displayed publicly on city centre Big Screens in Bradford, Bristol, Belfast, Chatham, Greenwich, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Southend, Swansea and Waltham Forest.

Scottish Refugee Council’s arts and cultural development officer Suzi Maciver says:

'Holocaust Memorial Day is an important focal point in the year and we are delighted to have been chosen to be part of this nationwide commemoration. It is vital that we remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived, and those who showed great bravery in the face of adversity.

‘In the context of the current refugee crisis it is vital that we encourage people to show solidarity with refugees in the face of the oppression they've experienced and the hostility they may face when making their life in a new country. In that sense this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme of ‘Don’t Stand By’ is an urgent call to action.’

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, says:

 'I want to thank and congratulate those involved in this film for their hard work in creating this artwork, which is a fitting tribute to current refugees living in Scotland, helping to remind us all of our responsibilities not to stand by to hatred and persecution. I urge everyone to come together this Holocaust Memorial Day to honour humanity's heroes and remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust and genocide.'

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and the events taking place visit www.hmd.org.uk or follow the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Twitter / #HMD2016.

‘One Place to Another’ is produced by Scottish Refugee Council and filmmaker Kevin Cameron, in association with Maryhill Integration Network and supported by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.