Refugee Day: Styx + Q&A

"A vital, highly intelligent movie that is both a first-class thriller and a biting commentary on our current world." ★★★★ Time Out

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We are very pleased to host this fundraiser event, on Refugee Day, to benefit our excellent local charity, Salusbury World.

The opening sequence of Styx sets the tone; we see emergency doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) calmly deal with the chaos of a calamitous car crash. It's her last callout before going on sabbatical, a solo voyage to the Ascension Islands, following in the footsteps of Darwin.  Once at sea she obviously relishes the fresh challenges of solitude and the sometimes-vengeful weather. Just when you think the worst that can happen is the monumental swell that nearly swamps her boat, Rike encounters a rust bucket of a refugee boat off the coast of Cape Verde.  They have no fuel, are vastly over-loaded, and are rapidly running out of fresh water.  Her instinct - and training - is to assist, but the Coast Guard is instructing her to in no circumstances get involved...

This is a moral challenge in the guise of a very taut thriller  It's a fine example - like recent television dramas Home and Don't Forget the Driver - of how the politics of migration and the plight of individual refugees is being responded to creatively.  Director Wolfgang Fischer ratchets up the tension as quickly as the weather can turn from fair to furious at sea, and as a capable and concerned citizen asked to look away, Wolff's performance is intelligent and keenly felt. It's a compelling combination!

Afterwards Salusbury World hosts a live Q&A with Andrea Eisenhart, a television documentary maker who recently completed an MA on Migration Studies.  The main focus of her research was on documentaries made about the ‘Migrant Crisis’.  


Film Information

95 mins

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