According to the United Nations, the death toll of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea has skyrocketed in 2015 to over 2,000 leading to the crisis being labelled ‘The Challenge of our Age’ by a UN Ambassador.
Fleeing war and persecution, most of those trying to seek asylum in Europe hail from Western Asia and Africa, where war has ravaged the region and human rights abuses have become commonplace.
CLANDESTINE is a short film written by Award Winning Filmmaker Stuart Gatt, produced by Kelly Goncalves and Kate Glover and supported by two affiliated charities Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (“MSF”) and Human Rights at Sea. ALL PROFITS FROM THE FILM WILL BE DONATED TO MSF to support the heroic work of doctors involved in search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
We need to raise £13,000 and will shoot in November 2015 in London and aim for a Cannes Film Festival Premiere in May 2016. The Team hope to utilise an extended festival run for the film, which will expose it to audiences all over the world and increase awareness of the issue. In doing so, we hope that it will gain enough momentum to warrant a feature film version that will extend even further the total audience that will be exposed to a film on this subject.
WE HAVE SET OUR BUDGET AT THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM TO MAKE THE FILM A REALITY, ANY FURTHER FUNDS WILL HELP MAKE THE BEST FILM POSSIBLE.
CLANDESTINE follows Emmanuel and Olu who are Snatched from their home by militia and transported to a Libyan detention centre where refugees are regularly held and extorted for money. Massively overcrowded with no sanitation, The Couple find their new surroundings a jarring contrast to the life they lived before Libya descended into war. When the Guards realise Emmanuel is educated, they do their best to extort everything they can from him before learning his true weakness - his wife. Where Starvation, Torture and Rape are the norm, Emmanuel must do everything he can to get himself and Olu on a boat to Europe.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders ("MSF") is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid offers medical assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF’s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "in recognition of the organization's pioneering humanitarian work on several continents”.
How do they contribute to the migrant crisis?
Since operations began on Saturday 9 May 2015, MSF's three ships, the Phoenix (jointly run with MOAS), Bourbon Argos and Dignity have assisted 11,482 men, women and children on the Mediterranean Sea during more than 60 rescues.
Human Rights at Sea is a Registered Charity in England and Wales which has been established for the benefit of the international community for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment.
The Human Rights at Sea aim is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused.
Through the medium of film, the Team behind Clandestine will aim to add an impartial voice to the narrative of the Refugee Crisis by bringing the audience into the lives of those Refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. By basing the story on real testimonies, the Team do not wish to force their views on the audience and in doing so, will allow for genuine empathy to be reached. Empathy is the key to motivating positive action and transforming opinions and only through this, can meaningful social change begin. Clandestine will aim to raise social awareness and trigger important discussions that will hopefully equate to the tangible saving of lives.
In every way, this film is a passion project for all involved and to have your support is greatly appreciated and validates our efforts to add something valuable to this crisis. If you can't support the film, then please share this page over any social media accounts and feel free to pass on to friends/family and colleagues.
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Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges that can potentially arise in a project of this scale are the complexity of shooting underwater.
In order to keep all the actors safe coupled with making the the film as realistic as possible, we are going to shoot the underwater sequences in a specialised tank in London. This involves hiring safety divers and dive supervisors to ensure the actors can perform in a comfortable and safe environment and is a necessity when shooting in this way.
We refuse to shoot green-screen and will aim to add as much authenticity to this film as possible and will shoot where the Refugees are making this journey. This gives the project scale and also allows us to truly comprehend the horrors the Refugees are exposed to. We have great team and aim to keep everything moving on schedule and will plan meticulously for every variable to ensure no unforeseen events compromise the overall value of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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