University of London Institute in Paris
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Join us for a screening and debate of this new film by Sue Clayton.
Sue Clayton is a UK feature film director, writer, composer and academic. Her latest production, Calais Children: A Case to Answer will be screened at ULIP in association with the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) and with the work of the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression.
As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there – many of whom had a legal case to enter the UK. Sue Clayton fought to get these children recognsied and their cases heard. But with the camp soon to go up in flames, was she able to do it in time? And what happened to the children if not? The events that followed are a shameful indictment of the UK’s human rights record, as the young people suffered delays, denials and dismissal from the UK government, and were finally left abandoned in France with no support at all.
Calais Children: A Case to Answer follows the young people over the months since they left the Jungle. The film speaks to Lord Dubs, the volunteer groups, and the lawyers with whom she is challenging the Home Office’s actions in the High Court.
A compelling film that follows the scandal of what happened to the almost 2,000 lone children who were in the Calais jungle as it burned down last year. Most of whom had a legal case to be in the UK. What went wrong? Where are they now? And, what can we do about it?
The London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) is delighted to be working with ULIP. This connection between London and Paris promises many fruitful exchanges whether it be documentary screenings or workshops. We look forward to stimulating cultural exchanges in the months ahead.