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Mobile cinema takes the big screen to refugee families

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A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to take a mobile cinema to mainland Europe to play movies for refugee families and their children. It’s hoped that the cinema experience will provide some much-needed happiness and escapism in light of their troubled circumstances.

The Moving Picture project was created by actress Shireen Farkhoy (33) from Leeds and artist William Johnson (33) - from Huddersfield. The mobile cinema is currently in Athens for a couple of weeks before travelling to Lesvos, Chios and Samos where the refugee situation is even more severe.

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The movies are screened in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu (and some without language) and include universal film favourites and classic cartoons suitable for children and adults.

By taking a cinema on the road we aim to inspire, and however briefly to offer some escape from difficult circumstances. We see this project as a statement of solidarity with all displaced peoples and a means to empower action and awareness for political change and basic human rights.

It's easy to be feel upset and powerless to help with what's happening right now in Europe, especially when Governments are not responding to the largest humanitarian crisis of our generation. But we believe we've found a unique, specific and achievable way to help. The real difference being made in the refugee crisis is by volunteers and the thousands of amazing people that support them.

– William Johnson

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