About this project
A feature documentary film about warehoused refugees.
In the contemporary moment in which we all find ourselves, the word “refugee” has taken on many negative connotations that have lead to the creation of hostile policies that restrict rather than help refugees. To change the public perception we need to hear stories directly from refugees in order to truly understand their plight. Our political leaders need to be reminded that refugees are just like you and me with hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future. Having them in our communities is a benefit to our economy and society.
In 2014, Vincent Vittorio, Asher Emmanuel, Matthew Turner, Alex Falk, and Michael Amico traveled to Dadaab, Kenya to make a documentary about the world's largest refugee camp. While we are now very close to completing this project, we need additional support to get this film through the finish line. The funds raised in this campaign will pay for essential final steps, like color correction, final sound mix, subtitles, translations, and marketing & distribution materials to bring this film to as wide an audience as possible. We are planning a worldwide release on June 20th, 2017 -- World Refugee Day -- with a marquee screening event in Washington, DC. This story deserves to be told to a worldwide audience in the hopes that we join the global discussion and can help shift the negative rhetoric surrounding refugees. With your help, we can ensure that this important film is in the right position to achieve the goal.
More about the film Warehoused:
Over 60 million people worldwide are identified as refugees: displaced and without shelter, adequate nourishment, health care, or an opportunity to cultivate a sustaining livelihood. The feature-length documentary Warehoused gives an intimate look at the plight that protracted* or ‘warehoused’ refugees face worldwide. The term 'warehoused' refers to people who have been restricted to camps or segregated settlements for five or more years. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) defines a protracted refugee situation as one in which 25,000 or more refugees from the same nationality have been in exile for five or more years in a given asylum country.There are an estimated 14 million warehoused refugees living in the world. Our documentary Warehoused focuses on just one camp, but it is a story we hope will open people's eyes to the harrowing reality that many refugees are facing right now.
Our documentary takes place in the Dadaab refugee camp which is estimated to house over 500,000 people and cover 50 square miles. At its heart, Warehoused is a story of one young man's journey to reunite with his separated family. His resilience through setbacks and obstacles gives us a glimpse at the high barriers of resettlement to a first world country. The people in this film are not unique, these issues are not new, and the continuing global refugee crisis ensures that this will be the challenges of our lifetimes.
Every refugee throughout history and across the globe has the common goal of finding a place to call their own. Family, love, and hope have kept them pressing on through homesickness, heartache, hunger, and fear. Warehoused tells the story of these courageous asylum seekers and accentuates how vital the role that nations and organizations have in the lives of millions of people who are simply in search of home.
Behind the Scenes: Here are some behind the scene photos that capture the making of the documentary. Enjoy!
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Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face with this project is our worldwide release deadline.
We plan to release this film on June 20th, 2017 (World Refugee Day), with a large-scale screening event in Washington DC. This film MUST be completed in time for this screening event, in fact the film needs to be completed a couple months before to give us time to prepare digital and DVD copies for worldwide release. The sooner we can complete the film, the sooner we can start promoting and marketing this project to a worldwide audience.
After the successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign, we will have a little over three months to complete the film, set up the screening event in DC (as well as several other smaller screening events around the country and world), and build the audience and get them excited about supporting and sharing this project.
It will be a tight timeline, but we truly believe we can complete this project successfully before our June 20th deadline. To release this film on World Refugee Day would be a perfect framework and really give us the best chance of success for future audiences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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