While “The European Union is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centers for refugees […], [We] strongly believe, that we as filmmakers are obliged to speak up, especially in times, when yellow media fuels xenophobic sentiment and human rights are disrespected.” This filmmakers’ petition has reached over 3,000 signatures. The goal is to reach 5,000 until the end of this week and present the appeal on Saturday September 12 during the closing ceremony of the Mostra di Venezzia International Film Festival. Below is a link to the “Appeal.”
“Every day, people fleeing war, terror, political persecution and misery are drowning in the sea, suffocating in the back of a truck or tumbling to their death in ports or train stations in their desperate attempts to reach Europe. According to Amnesty International, more than 23,000 people have lost their lives that way since 2000. These deaths are a direct consequence of E.U. immigration policies. The guilt doesn’t just lie with the traffickers; Europe cannot deny its share of responsibility. To make matters worse, those who reach Europe often find themselves in degrading living conditions and are subjected to inhumane treatment. The European Union is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centers for refugees.”
Shocked by the events of the past decades, years, weeks and hours, that finally took the current humanitarian crisis right into the heart of the European Union, Austrian producer Ursula Wolschlager and Belgian documentary filmmaker Nathalie Borgers have started an initiative calling on European film professionals to raise their voices concerning the current situation.