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Masterclass: Representation and Framing of Refugees in Documentaries
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Masterclass: Representation and Framing of Refugees in Documentaries

  • Calendar icon Mon 20 May, 7:00pm
  • Map pin icon BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Princess Anne Theatre

Join us for a masterclass in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts as we explore the representation of migrants and refugees in documentaries.

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Step into the world of impactful storytelling and the art of capturing truthful refugee experiences on film. Led by documentary filmmakers, learn the delicate balance between authenticity and empathy as we explore the nuances of representation. Discover powerful framing techniques that elevate narratives, shedding light on the resilience and humanity within refugee communities.

From ethical considerations to creative approaches, this masterclass aims to demonstrate the tools to craft compelling and dignified portrayals. Whether you're a seasoned filmmaker or an aspiring documentarian, join us as we amplify voices, challenge perceptions, and drive positive change.

Followed by an opportunity to network with refugee and asylum seeker creatives and filmmakers.

Sarah Agha, Palestinian actor and presenter (The Holy Land and Us - Our Untold Stories)
Beyan Taher, Kurdish-Iraqi refugee and producer (Name Me Lawand)
Maria Pankova, Ukrainian Cinematographer/Director (The Sound of the Wind)
Hasan Oswold, filmmaker (Mediha)

Hosted by journalist Manori Ravindran.

Please note, Maria Pankova and Hasan Oswald will be joining the panel remotely.

This event is the latest instalment of a series of events exploring the importance of authentic storytelling of refugees onscreen, and the positive impact of collaboration with creatives who have lived experience of migration, in order to build narrative power and create social change.

The Holy Land and Us – Our Untold Stories

Personal, profound and deeply moving. Rob Rinder and Sarah Agha explore how their family's histories, and others, were changed forever by the 1948 founding of the state of Israel.

Name Me Lawand

Five-year-old Lawand is on a quest to find a world where there are people like him – people who will understand him. Since birth, Lawand has been profoundly deaf and unable to communicate with those around him. He undertakes a treacherous journey with his family from Iraq to Derby, home of the Royal School for the Deaf. But this new life soon comes under threat when the family face deportation. Along with members of the Derby community, they begin a new quest – a fight to stay in the place they now call home.

The Sound of the Wind

On 24 February 2022, chef Yulia loses her former life and becomes a refugee, along with her two adopted daughters, fleeing the war in Ukraine. She now works as a butcher in Scotland and her husband is in one of the most dangerous spots on the front lines. The fear and connection to war doesn’t leave her even when she is thousands of miles away. She is fighting for her children’s future, and she fears losing her husband.


Mediha, a teenage Yazidi girl who has recently returned from ISIS captivity, turns her camera on herself to process her trauma while rescuers search for her missing family members. This is the story of the Yazidi genocide and its aftermath, shown through the lens of one young survivor as she confronts her past through personal video-diaries, reclaiming her voice and stepping bravely towards the future.

This event will be live-captioned.

Can’t attend in person? Click here to register for a livestream link and join us online.


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  • Senior – over 60
  • Full-time Student
  • Under 18
  • D/deaf and Disabled
  • Refugee Status
  • Asylum Seeker Status
  • Those receiving:
    • Job Seekers Allowance
    • Employment & Support Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment

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Our venue is wheelchair accessible and both live captioning and BSL are available on request for all events. Visit our venue accessibility page for more detailed access information here.

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Getting to the Venue

By tube

Green Park is the nearest accessible step-free station and is served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. 0.3 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance. The accessible entrance is from the park at the rear of the station.

Piccadilly Circus Station is served by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Line Services. Leicester Square Station is served by the Piccadilly and Northern Line Services. Both stations are accessed by steps only.

By train

London Charing Cross has step-free access to all platforms. 0.7 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance. Staff are available to assist with ramps between the platform and the train.

By bus

There are bus stops located on Regent Street/St James's Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Haymarket. All London buses have ramp access and dedicated spaces for wheelchair users.

Nearest car park

The Cavendish London Public Car Park – 0.1 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance.

JustPark Car Park – 0.5 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance.

Nearest Blue Badge Parking

  • Jermyn Street: near Crockett & Jones, 1 space (0.05miles)
  • Sackville Street: near corner of Piccadilly, 2 spaces (0.06miles)
  • Saint James's Square: on street, 2 spaces (0.08miles)
  • Jermyn Street: near Tesco, 1 space (0.09miles)

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