Earlier this year cameraman James Stittle and I went to Jordan to tell the story of the Syrian refugee crisis from a unique perspective: that of the local Jordanian people whose lives have been affected by the challenge of hosting more than half a million Syrian refugees.
James and I travelled across the country filming interviews with the local people most affected by the crisis. With the help of some local contacts and NGOs, we were extremely privileged to be able to meet Jordanians in their homes in the two towns that have been most affected by the influx of refugees: Mafraq and Ramtha. They told us their personal stories about how they have been affected by the crisis.
What we found was really shocking. As tens of thousands of refugees arrive in the small towns near Jordan's border with Syria, local schools and health facilities are being overrun. Aid organisations are being stretched to breaking point. People who were already on the poverty line before the refugee crisis are having to cope with tripling rents, ballooning food prices and an increasingly scarce supply of water.
As refugees continue to arrive, the problems are getting worse by the day. If they are not addressed, Jordan faces a humanitarian catastrophe.
We went to Jordan because we were inspired by this unique story. Now we want to make a film capturing the personal stories of those local people we met who have been so affected by the crisis.
Our trip to Jordan was entirely self-financed, but now we need funding to turn the footage we filmed into a completed documentary.
This involves translating all the footage into English, subtitling
the interviews, cutting and editing the film, scripting and recording a
voiceover, working on the sound and visuals to create a finished
product, and publicising, screening and distributing the film.
If you can help in any way it would mean a lot to us, and it would enable us to make this unique project a reality. In return there are some great rewards to help you remember your involvement in helping us make this film.
Please remember that if we don't reach our funding target we will not receive any of the money pledged on Kickstarter by those supporting us, so your contribution is really important.
Just as important is spreading the word so we can reach as many people as possible who can help us reach our target.
Even if you can't afford to contribute, we'd really appreciate it if you could share our page with as many people as you can.
Thanks so much!
Risks and challenges
The good news about this project is that we've already completed all the most risky parts: travelling to the country, getting visas and permission to film, securing access to the story, meeting the people we wanted to meet, and coming home with the footage that we needed. This is all done! We also have a team in place back in London to complete the film. The only risk to the film's completion is if we're not able to raise the funding we need. And you can help with that! So please be as generous as you can.
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