This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest opens on 4th November with the World Premiere of Moving to Mars: A Million Miles from Burma. The documentary follows two Burmese refugee families who are relocated to Sheffield, depicting their moving and sometimes humorous struggles in 21st Century Britain. The documentary will be shown on More4 later this year.
The film, by UK Director Mat Whitecross and producer Karen Katz of Coded Pictures, follows the families over the course of a year. Forced from their homeland by the repressive military junta, the families, who are from Burma’s Karen community, have lived in a Thai refugee camp, for almost twenty years. A UN relocation scheme offers them the chance of a new life, but their new home in Sheffield will be different to everything they’ve ever known. Their stories give a unique insight into the experiences of displaced people in the UK, whilst showing the human consequences of Burma’s political climate.
Sheffield was the first city in the UK to welcome Burmese refugees. In 2007, with the support of Sheffield City Council and over 70 other local organisations, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ – a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety. According to the City of Sanctuary figures, since 2005 Sheffield has welcomed around 250 Burmese refugees, most of them from the Karen community, an ethnic group particularly persecuted by the ruling junta.
Tickets for the Friday night screening of Moving to Mars are available at £6.50 (£5.50 concessions) from the Showroom Box Office 0114 275 7727
To find out more information visit Sheffield Doc/Fest