In Another Life: Film Screening and Q&A with two of the actors
The Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and Between Borders are jointly hosting this film screening of ‘In Another Life’. It will be followed by a Q&A with actors Yousef Jubeh and Adam Wittek, facilitated by Annie Holmes.
Film Synopsis of ‘In Another Life’:
"Our once beautiful homeland had become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many had already left Syria. Risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless, the opportunists who trade in the currency of human misery. We all spent what little money we had to reach anywhere, a safe place, a new life away from the bloodshed, the bombing, the murder. With no safe passage what choice did we have. Europe was meant to offer us hope. Yet the borders closed one by one. We gave up everything, left all we had behind. Living on hand outs, with no shelter, no money and now no hope. I am here, trapped in Calais Jungle. I don’t know where my wife is. The police treat us like animals. They beat us and spray us with teargas everyday. We cannot move forward, we cannot go back. We have to get out of here. I look into the eyes on this camp and I can see it. The blank emptiness of desperation. In another life I was a teacher. Now I’m a refugee. My name is Adnan."
Yousef Jubeh is a young Palestinian Irish aspiring filmmaker. From the age of three, Yousef lived in Al Ram on the outskirts of Jerusalem and later moved to Ramallah, however in 2006 Yousef and his family moved back to the UK as refugees. As a child Yousef had a passion for the performing arts and film, and has, since the age of fifteen, dedicated his time to pursuing filmmaking, graduating from Kingston University with a filmmaking degree in 2016. His film “The Guardian” earned him an award at the Kino Short Film Festival in Manchester for Best Screenplay.
Adam Wittek is a multilingual Polish-German actor and presenter, who trained on the BA Acting (Collaborative & Devised Theatre) course at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London and in Contemporary & Improvised Dance at Travel Art Dance Company in Melbourne. He speaks four languages (English, German, Polish, French) and has lived in five countries (United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Poland, Sweden), and occasionally writes and produces his own work, such as short plays and comedy clips. Selected credits: The A Word (BBC, series regular), Doctors (BBC), Hitler: The Rise and Fall (Channel Four),In the Beginning Was the End (Dreamthinkspeak & National Theatre), The Sting (Arcola Theatre & Southwark Playhouse).
Libby Freeman is the founder of Calais Action, a grassroots charity that support refugees and displaced persons across Europe raising awareness of the facts of the humanitarian crisis and campaign for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to be upheld. Calais Action works closely with MPs and Lords in Parliament to establish safe and legal routes to asylum. They are also part of the Refugee Council working group on refugees and Safe Passage campaign on the Dubs Amendment.
Isis Aurora Mera is the founder of Help4Refugee Children, a grassroots humanitarian aid organisation building engagement with refugees focusing on families, young children and unaccompanied minors in Calais and Dunkirk.
About Between Borders
Between Borders is a research organisation focusing on forced displacement and mental health, covering contexts of conflict, disaster, climate change, statelessness and Indigenous trauma.
Our research looks at how we can better understand psychological responses to displacement and the role of creative therapies as part of psychosocial support in these settings. Through our global partnerships, we aim to open up communication channels and opportunities for collaboration to mainstream MHPSS into policy, practice and dialogue.