Description: A powerful spoken word performance by award-winning British Pakistani Artist and Activist Director Salma Zulfiqar, Syrian Refugees and Iranian former Asylum seekers.
Director: Salma Zulfiqar
Country: United Kingdom
Category: Short Narrative
About the Film
A powerful spoken word performance by award-winning British Pakistani Artist and Activist Director Salma Zulfiqar, Syrian Refugees and Iranian former Asylum seekers. The poem performed was written by Salma Zulfiqar with contributions from the Refugees and the former Asylum seeker. The content reminds the audience why refugees are leaving their homes and calls for safe migration routes and to allow for humanitarian sea rescue and explores the refugees and migrants issues surrounding social cohesion in the UK. This film is part of Salma Zulfiqar’s Migration project which promotes peace, empowerment and social cohesion in communities. The film was filmed together with Elaheh Nadali and Kia Aria, Iranian Refugees in Birmingham. The spoken word performance was delivered by Salma Zulfiqar, Lava Al Hameed and her brother Aland Al Hameed , Ramadhan Aloush and his wife Heva, daughter Silva and son Muhammed. They are all Syrian refugees Elaheh Nadali who is Iranian.
About the Director
Salma Zulfiqar is an International Artist and Activist working on migration. Her current creative projects, such as ARTconnects & The Migration Blanket, focus on empowering refugee and migrant women by promoting integration, working towards preventing hate crimes and extremism. Her film Losing Hope Women in Afghanistan was screened at the Raindance International Film Festival in London and the Burbank International Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA. Her artwork has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Paris, Greece & Dubai and she has been celebrated as one of Birmingham’s most inspirational women in the book One Upon A Time in Birmingham – Women Who Dared to Dream.
Salma has also worked all over the world with the United Nations raising awareness of humanitarian issues in conflict and developing countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Chad and Kenya.