Very much enjoyed the Cyprus International Film Festival, and a the blessing of a few days in a different environment. The next screenings for @themarchofhope will be at the Belfast Human Rights Film Festival and then the International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra , Crete. A peaceful Friday all & please come say hi on our FB page!
Please read & support @seawatchcrew 's latest posts. Europe is moving dangerously close to the outright criminalisation of sea-rescue. Human Rights need to be beyond politics. And yet daily we are seeing the slippery slope of basic rights being eroded. It really is a travesty that governments are criminalising independent rescue organisations. It should be governments enacting these rescues, rather than being left to heroic citizens like Sea-Watch. Persecute humanitarians at your own peril, and at the peril of society as a whole...
Please check out & support the work of @because_we_carry - one of the most inspiring, dedicated & hard working organisations on the ground. It was a privilege to meet them & witness just a little of their work in the "Better Days For Moria" camp in 2016. Please, please, if you want to contribute think about donating to this organisation (UNHCR approved) whose work is so focused on the needs of mothers & kids. Set up by three incredible women who set up to help & ended up creating a movement. Always & forever inspiring. Be the change you wish to see. Love from Cyprus friends x jim https://www.becausewecarry.org/en/
A lovely screening here in Cyprus & very blessed for some time + conversation with these special spirits after the film! Petra on the left is the director of the festival who has curated every detail with great love. Susan Spencer, who i was lucky enough to sit next to, has come all the way over from Washington DC & also shares Scottish roots. We will enjoy a coffee tomorrow! Osgur is a maverick experimental artist of Turkish descent, studied Film in Cyprus, lives in Germany & was great company while drinking a few post 🍺's during the Argentina-Nigeria game. Every where we read of division & yet most moments of most days are people from different nationalities having a great time, celebrating, discussing, living together. I think we voice the ridiculousness of division by getting on with the simple business of living. Yes we face great challenges & problems. But dealing with them with fear & hatred will always be a coward's response. We have the whole world before us & its up to us to play our best hand at the game. Moment to moment. Day by day. Year by year. That is what it is to march for hope. Love to all! 😍
A beautiful exhibition space for the screening later today in Cyprus. The film will be screened at Pallia Ilektriki, Paphos, at 6pm & there will be a Q&A afterwards. @themarchofhope is screened as part of the "Films for Peace" section which i think is a wonderful curation theme at this lovely festival. The festival have also printed some of the stills from the journey which helps to contextualise the discussion, as well as offer a different perspective. I think its a sign of class from this beautiful, deep festival, run by people passionate about promoting the voice of the arts. Getting prepared for the screening, a peaceful day dear friends! 🕊
Very humbled that the film received the "Audience Award" as voted by the public during The International Road Movie Film Festival in the Czech Republic! We enjoyed three days at this beautiful festival which was led with so much love, passion & hospitality in Pilsen. Especially rewarding to meet so many people eager to discuss Human Rights, and to see the screening on a warm sunny 10am screening! We are off to Cyprus tomorrow to represent the film again. We'll be doing our best to keep sharing our own experiences & learning from other people's perspectives. For now, huge thanks as ever to all supporting this little Road Movie on Human Rights Please come & find us on FB too. Peaceful Sunday evening friends! ❤️Jim photo: @tecinemeckova
Totally humbled by a pact-out 10am audience on a sunny day here in Pilsen 😊. We're proud to be screening on World Refugee Day and doing our part to contribute to the conversation & especially raising awareness. On the day when the US has left the the UN Human Rights council, while simultaneously separating kids from parents, it feels like leadership is being lost on Human Rights worldwide. I think its up to people to make their own voices heard. There are so many amazing people we have met during this journey - you continue to give us faith & we believe in your work. And this full room here in the Czech Republic reaffirms my faith that normal people everywhere are concerned & animated to support Human Rights. Love to our friends everywhere & thank you for your continuing support! ☺️🎥
@themarchofhope will be screening at Film Festivals in Czech Republic and Crete over the next two weeks. I will be giving Q&A's at each and am looking forward greatly to discuss its ideas & making. Even more so, it feels so moving to finally release this story. It feels like it was in our custody for a while, and its time to let it do its work. In order to face our challenges, we have to learn to start treating one another well again. We will do our best to be a part of that conversation. All screening details on FB! Thank you all for all your support & see you soon! x Jim
This image is one of the most powerful I have taken along our journey, I believe.
A young man wrapped up in the flag of a country he hardly knows.
Shielding him from the cold, biting rain.
Basing his future and hopes on a symbol that has different meanings even to those who rally behind it out of familiarity. Out of chance, really.
I never chose my birthplace and neither has this young man.
Therefore, to me, national symbolism is just a matter of circumstance.
We are born into it and develop a relationship with its ambivalent semiotics.
But at the moment he was displaying the flag - out of unreferenced choice, not proud familiarity -
he transformed it into something new.
He had recognised something in German policy and its people at the time;
in their attitude and priorities.
Their desire to relieve suffering first and to find solutions later.
In this context, therefore, for a fleeting moment, the flag had become a symbol of this universal attitude.
To me, at least. And to my own surprise.
Of course, no national flag can ever be a universal symbol.
It goes against the very idea of its inception and purpose.
Only new context can generate new meaning.
We all know, this attitude has changed in Germany since I took this picture.
Many people, for many different reasons, are now afraid of the growing number of refugees.
But they, too, need to be heard, not stigmatised - just like everybody else.
They should be treated as equals, if the term equality is to be more than an arbitrary word.
It is the only way forward without widening the rifts in our societies.
It is the only way forward without contempt and hate.
It is the only way for peaceful change - if this is our desire.
I realise now, all of us together are the context that determines the meaning of all things.
Within a new context, any flag can become a symbol of universal love.
And this is what “The March Of Hope” is trying to accomplish.
To make seemingly familiar things appear in a new light.
To open up a bigger interpretational space for everyone watching the film.
And to create a new context within our limited perception - like this young man with his flag.
We were so thrilled to premiere at Migranti Film Festival in Italy this weekend! Stefania, one of the jurors wrote these beautiful words: "I've just seen your documentary. What a marvellous job you've done! It gives me hope humanity still exists. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" ❤️Here is a photo i found of Basti during filming - story on our FB page! X
We're incredibly excited because the film will be premiered at this just beautiful festival in Italy this week! We are calling any Italian friends to help. Please come join our FB group @themarchofhope to find out how! The film is one of 6 documentaries chosen out of over 3000 applications - we are just so so humbled. The message of the film is simply that each of us has a role to play in standing up for Human Rights. We are all a part of this shared family - sing loud, the greatest chorus's need many voices X
Just so proud tonight that we have been admitted into our 10th Film Festival - the wonderful @liffofficial in Lebanon & the @onirosfilmawards in Italy. Hard to express the faith it gives us to go on, to work hard & to be a voice in the dark for Human Rights. We need the support of one another, it gives us the fire to keep speaking up in the solitude. Never forget how much the simple act of saying to one another what we feel means - it is how we remember we are part of the same human family. Love to all!
Hey guys, we've just begun a FB Group called @themarchofhope . If any one would like to be personally involved or lend a hand please come join. Or just follow the films internal journey. It is a private group, so just request! As you all know we are no production company, and yup, there's a lot of DIY winging it going on! However we've found that so many of our best forward steps have come from good will, introductions, suggestions. It made me realise that there is no production team like the energy of good people. Personally, i don't buy into this narrative of hatred & fear of the other. I believe in people, in our capacity to learn from one another, that nothing is fixed & that the only thing which can't be defeated is love. Society is beautiful, messy, ugly & one of its greatest offerings is that we can attempt to make our own contribution, whatever it may be. So anyway, feel welcome if you've a hand to lend, we're at the start of the runway! X
After quietly chipping away, @themarchofhope is suddenly growing wings! 🕊It now has confirmation at 7 film festivals, which we are mind blown about. Its been a long time trying to figure out how the hell one releases a movie. It seems that the key is to a) believe with all your heart in Human Rights b) don't give up. Most of all though, Basti & I have never felt a sense of ownership with the film. It feels like we were lent the story for awhile. And now its time to pass it on. So this one is for you, each human of so many places, whose individual threads compose this tapestry. Thanks for all the support guys ❤️
Just a message of love & thanks all! This little film about humanity & Human Rights is very suddenly picking up new momentum - news soon! Also we are looking for a 10th Angel to translate the film! PORTUGUESE is next on the list - let us know! Keep on all you fire angels, we believe in you, your work, and we promise we'll be doing what we can during the films release cycle & beyond X