Culture > Events > Crossings: Little Alien + discussion
Event Date: 1st Sep 2017 | 18:15
Crossings: Little Alien + discussion
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall London SW1Y 5AH
This screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Nina Kusturica and Sue Claytons, chaired by Dr Áine McMurtry
Teenagers Juma and Hishame attempt an extremely dangerous journey to Europe, hiding in the chassis of a truck, where they will become the prey of border officers. Ahmed, Nura, Achmad and Asha haver managed to get over the fences. Jawid and Alem have already spent a year and a half in Vienna, hoping their asylum applications will be approved. They’re teenagers fleeing from crisis regions on a dangerous journey to Europe, all alone and hoping for one thing: survival. Upon arriving in Austria, they fight to lead normal lives, struggling against a system that demands they sacrifice their youth to an uncertain future.
Nina Kusturica’s prize-winning documentary charts the experiences of unaccompanied minors from Central Africa and eastern Central Asia who hide in the undercarriage of trucks, scale fences and undertake perilous sea journeys to Fortress Europe.
Little Alien , dir. Nina Kusturica, Austria 2009, 94min
As part of this event, we are also screening an excerpt from Calais Children: A Case to Answer by filmmaker Sue Claytons. As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1,900 unaccompanied minors stranded there - many of whom had a legal case to enter the UK.
Clayton fought to get these children recognised and their cases heard, but what would happen to the children otherwise? Calais Children: A Case to Answer follows a number of these young people over the following months since they left the Jungle. Read more about Calais Children: A Case to Answer.
This screening is a part of Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State [PDF] (King’s College London, 31 August – 2 September 2017), an international workshop examining cultural responses to issues of transit and the place of the nation state in an era of mass international displacement.
Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University
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