Today is World Refugee Day, a date set aside in the year 2000 to mark the plight of those forced to flee their homes and home countries, and in honor of their resilience, sacrifice and courage.
Last year DokuFest devoted an entire festival to the theme of “Migration,” an edition that took place at the same time when thousands were crossing the “Balkan Route” in order to flee war and persecution in the Middle East. It also dealt with the sudden exodus of Kosovo citizens, which took place at the end of 2014 and the start of 2015, due to desperation and dissatisfaction with the situation in Kosovo.
It was during this time that Daniel Mulloy, a respected partner of DokuFest, was inspired to film “Home,” which aims to provide a critical approach to the refugee crisis.
Yesterday, on June 19, DokuFest and the UN Kosovo Team (UNKT) organized a screening of the film at the ABC Cinema in Pristina, in line with the film premiere in London, in order to mark this important date.
In a heartfelt address to the ABC Cinema public, Shpat Deda, one of the main producers involved in the making of “Home,” said the following:
“I believe I speak for all when I say that we joined this project out of our sense of duty for the plight of refugees worldwide. One can only hope that Home will inspire a similar compassion in audiences around the world,” said Deda.
The film, which features Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger, depicts the story of an “average” British family as they are made to face the perils associated with losing the security they are accustomed to, in hopes for a better life for themselves and their children.
Eroll Bilibani, DokuFest executive director and the executive producer of “Home,” talked about the inspiration behind the film:
“While we were working on the promotional video for the last edition of DokuFest with Daniel, the largest refugee crisis in modern history was taking place on the borders of Europe. The isolation of Kosovo, the refugee crisis and Daniel’s encounter with refugees at border crossings inspired him to tell a parallel story: of a couple living in safety, who take their children to a war zone,” said Bilibani.
“We are proud to be part of the With Refugees campaign for World Refugee Day 2016,” said Bilibani.
The London premiere of the film, which took place at the same time, was very well received.
For those who missed the screening – “Home” is part of this year’s DokuFest program, which will take place August 5-13, 2016, in Prizren.
Please find reactions to the film in local and international media below.