Inspired by the tragic image of little Syrian boy Ailan, whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish shore, Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut “Sea Sorrow” earned her glowing reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film is a personal and empowering reflection on today’s global refugee crisis, as seen through the eyes of children and the voices of activists and artists in France, Britain, Italy and Greece. It’s also clearly a passion project for the dedicated human rights activist, who has woven together poignant and formative moments from her own past, including being a World War II evacuee and later working with Hungarian refugees, in order to advance a wider contemplation of how refugees have been treated in Europe since the 20th century.
Vanessa Redgrave will present “Sea Sorrow”, which also stars fellow acting greats Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson, at a special screening at the Athens Concert Hall this Friday (September 22) at 8pm, as part of this year’s Athens International Film Festival, which runs from September 21-October 2.
On the evening, Greek stage impresario Mimi Denisi will also introduce the documentary and after the screening there will be an open discussion between the audience and Vanessa Redgrave, Lord Alfred Dubs (UK Labour Party, supporter of Safe Passage), Mimi Denisi, “Doctors Without Borders” and “Safe Passage”.
Watch a trailer for Sea Sorrow HERE
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATHENS SCREENING:
Location: Athens Concert Hall (Trianti Hall), Vasilissis Sofias & Kokkali, Athens
Ticket prices: €6, €12, €20
The tickets for this screening will be made available through Viva.gr. Tickets will go on sale on the 13th September at 15:00. They will NOT be on sale at the Athens Concert Hall’s ticket office nor on their website.
All proceeds from ticket sales will aid the humanitarian organisations “Doctors Without Borders” and “Safe Passage”.
To see the full programme for the Athens International Film Festival 2017, visit HERE
Insider Weekly, September 20, 2017.