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Trailer of the Week: Refugees Drown on Their Way to Europe

Since the beginning of 2015, several thousands of refugees have drowned in the Mediterannean while trying to reach Europe. What can be done to solve this urgent catastrophe?

LAMPEDUSA - Today over 700 people have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, UN’s refugee agency says. Last Monday 400 refugees had already drowned drowned off the Libyan coast while attempting to reach European shores.

So far, 1,500 migrants have died in 2015 while traveling to Europe – at least 30 times more than last year.

As shown in the documentary 'Evaporating Borders', this could be avoided with a better structured coast guard.

You can watch the trailer for Evaporating Borders here:

Throughout the summer more people will attempt the journey to Europe and it is certain many of those will drown. It is time to solve this problem. But how?

1) Humanitarian Aid
  • Improve and secure humanitarian aid in the Mediterranean and increase funds for rescue missions.
  • Increase funds for humanitarian aid and establish a global emergency-plan, like the Marshall plan after the Second World War for Germany and the rest of Europe.
  • Increase the living conditions of the people on site and in refugee camps: provide security, education and a possibilities for a future in their home country.

2) End Wars and Killings
  • Sanctions for all agents of war and responsible policy makers.
  • Instate weapon embargos.
  • Endorse no fly zones.
  • Send emergency UN-Blue-Helmet-Troops with extended responsibilities.

3) Change Existing Structures
  • Reform the UN security council and extend its authority by majority voting.
  • Make the UN Responsibility to Protect binding.
  • Endorse new international laws to make war illegal and prosecute its stakeholders.
  • Educate and integrate refugees and equip them with the necessary knowledge and funds to go back and rebuild their homes and communities.

Germany's minister Müller initiated an additional 1 billion euros of funds for refugees by the European Union. The G7 summit, which takes place in June in Germany is a unique opportunity to define global refugee support and policy. Since the end of World War II, the number of refugees worldwide has never been as high as it is now. According to the UN there are 51.2 million displaced people worldwide at the moment. This is resulting in a ‘lost generation’ which is in danger of spiraling into extremism. This has already happened in Syria, where four years of continued fighting has resulted in the proliferation of Islamic State.

Cinema for Peace is planing screenings at the coast of the Mediterranean See this summer on Cyprus, Sicily and Lampedusa to raise public awareness and understanding for the situation of the so called "Boat People".
You can watch the trailer for Hope here:
Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien