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Calais Children: A Case to Answer - film screening

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Tuesday 14 November 2017, 5.30PM

Speaker(s): Film screening followed by a Q&A with the director Sue Clayton

University of York Migration Network event

As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there - many of whom might have a legal case to enter the UK. Would the UK accept them? And if not, what would be their fate?

Calais Children: A Case to Answer uniquely follows the young people over the months since they left the Jungle. We speak to Lord Dubs, the volunteer groups, and the lawyers who are fighting their case in courts. We ask - how can we as Europeans open our hearts to some of the 85,000 lone children in Europe.

Film director biography:  Sue Clayton has been producing and directing films for over 30 years. Her debut feature film The Song of the Shirt on women in the garment trades was distributed globally.   She made a number of award-winning documentaries for UK Channel 4 and Central Television including the Commodities series, Turning Japanese, How to Survive Lifestyle and Theme Park Britons.

She then went into fiction film writing and directing, making among others Heart Songs, The Last Crop and The Disappearance of Finbar starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and distributed by Buena Vista International.  All her films have won international awards including UK BAFTA, Madrid Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Philadelphia World Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival and many others. Her films have been screened globally on television networks.

Sue has worked on the child asylum issue for 15 years, She made a prior award-winning film on a related topic - Hamedullah: The Road Home, where she gave a camera to a refugee boy forcibly removed to Afghanistan from the UK when he reached 18. The film was distributed internationally and was submitted to the Select Committee on Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers in 2013.  It has also been requested regularly as evidence in Court cases appealing the forced removal of turned-18 UASC, and as part of two Upper Tribunal reviews.  She is called as an expert witness on former UASC removals, particularly those to Afghanistan.

As Professor at the University of London, she was also Co-Investigator on a 3-year EHRC-funded project called Uncertain Journeys: Exploring the Challenges Facing Separated Young People Seeking Asylum 

She is co-writing a book with the same title for Policy Press, to be published next year. The book covers all aspects of this issue, from migration policy to legal issues and the care and support of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK.

She has spent the last 12 months working full-time on the Calais issue as a journalist, film-maker and academic. While making Calais Children: A Case to Answer, she has featured regularly on ITV and Channel 4 national news, on BBC television, and been quoted numerous times in the Guardian and Independent on this story. The film is also scheduled to be shown to two Parliamentary  APPGs in the coming weeks. 

Location: The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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