This film is a requiem for the thousands of refugees who have died through lack of support and protection. I hope the film may be of some help to the agencies who do their utmost to support the refugees who have survived, most especially to their children'
Questions were taken after the screening by Vanessa Redgrave and Lord Alf Dubs, who tabled the Dubs Amendment in the House of Lords, forcing the government to commit to taking 20,000 refugees and 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children. An unaccompanied child refugee himself, who travelled to the UK on the kinder transport, Lord Dubs is a former MP for Battersea.
A lot of people had their phones out, taking pictures during the event. I resisted that but instead took some photographs of the venue itself, which has a lovely human scale and some charming Arts and Crafts elements, such as a mosaic floor in the entrance hall incorporating flies and bees.
Battersea Arts Centre is a beautiful old building that was formerly Battersea Town Hall. It is a leading independent theatre and arts venue in south London, which was ravaged by fire in March 2015 and is being slowly restored to its former glory.