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As part Refugee week and of a broader University-wide engagement with the topic, the Research Centre for the School of Languages, CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) is teaming up with the Student Society STAR (Student Action for Refugees) to host 2 events next week.
- Officer Patrick Burke from the Irish Navy – will discuss his experiences of encountering refugees at sea and the international laws governing this area.
- 1.24 – Tuesday 22 January @18.00
This will then be followed immediately in the same venue by a screening of a very important transnational film on the Refugee experience: MEDITERRANEA
A film by Jonas Carpignano
(2015 – Languages: French/Italian/English/Arabic)
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHf_2_k-v0w
Best friends Ayiva and Abas live hard lives in Burkina Faso and dream of a better future that seems to await them in Europe, as evidenced by the glittering snapshots they’ve seen on social media of an immigrant’s life abroad. Making the dangerous journey through Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea, they end up in the Italian city of Rosarno, only to lead equally hard lives of long working hours, harsh living conditions, and animosity towards them and the local immigrant population from the city’s gangs. As each man tries to carve out his own success, their individual perspectives on the cards they’ve been dealt cause them to drift further apart until a shocking event both unites them in a common struggle and hurtles them into wildly different futures. Equal parts shocking and moving, MEDITERRANEA is an eye-opening look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.
Free - all welcome. Organised by CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in languages and Cultures)