Stars Turn Spotlight On Plight Of Refugees
Celebrities including actors Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley and Peter Capaldi have made a charity film to highlight the plight of refugees across the world.
Blanchett, the Oscar-winning actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees goodwill ambassador, heads the cast which also includes Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jesse Eisenberg, among others.
The video, released on Monday, sees them recite a poem written by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by first-hand testimonies of refugees.
The film begins with footage of a helicopter dropping bombs, followed by two large explosions and people including children running for cover, as viewers are asked: “If you had to flee your home, what would you take?”
The celebrities then read out a list of things refugees have said they have taken with them.
Items range from family photos, jewellery, a piece of mortar and some garden soil, to rosary and prayer beads, memories and simply nothing at all.
Accounts of people escaping “with my soul, with my smile, with my life” are also recounted, against the backdrop of images of refugees – including children and grandparents – photographed by Brian Sokol.
Some 65 million people across the globe have been forced to flee their homes, according to The United Nations Refugee Agency.
The video, released on Facebook, urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition encouraging action from governments to help ensure refugees receive the help they need to rebuild their lives.