Daphne Bramham: Putting faces to the millions who desperately need help

There are 68.5 million people in the world seeking safety and shelter after being forcibly displaced from their homes by famines, floods and wars.

With more than double Canada’s population searching for a new place to call home, it’s hard to put faces, let alone names, to them. But for a while in 2015, we did.

There was a steady stream of images of exhausted women, crying children and even bodies of Syrians washing ashore in Greece.

Europeans and Canadians responded with generosity and humanity. But the world has moved on.

“We’ve fallen out of fashion,” a Syrian woman bitterly says in the documentary, Inside My Heart, produced by Frank Giustra and directed by Debra Kellner.

The title comes from what Zahra, a widow with four children desperately trying to get beyond Greece and into Europe, told her youngest son. He didn’t die on the boat, she said, because she held him inside her heart.

The shots of the four families in the film are so close, the conversations so intimate that Kellner described her access as like being a butterfly on the wall. The challenges of being homeless, stateless and unwanted are so overwhelming that a Vancouver-born filmmaker and her crew was the least of their concerns.

VANCOUVER, B.C.: July 11, 2018 — Handout photos from Daphne Bramham — no date, no location. Photos shot by Debra Kellner and are from her documentary called Inside My Heart, which was produced by Frank Giustra to humanize refugees by following four families for two-and-a-half years as they tried to find their way to safety — films girls sleighs. For Daphne Bramham story. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Image if Syrian refugees learning about snow, from the documentary Inside My Heart.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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