To mark this year's Refugee Week, BFI and Counterpoints Arts have compiled a collection of films that explore refugee experiences in the past and present and across different parts of the world.
The collection includes the 1938 portrayal of the persecution of refugees in Europe and Asia; Robert Vas' beautiful account of a Hungarian refugee's first day in London; and Syrian Love Story, the powerful and acclaimed story of a couple brought together by the conflict in Syria. Refugee Week is an international festival of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contributions and diversity that refugees bring, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
Refugee Today and Tomorrow
A fierce denunciation of anti-Semitic policies in Nazi Germany seen in the context of the global refugee crisis of 1938.
Drama195925 mins Location: London
A Hungarian refugee attempts to navigate 1950s London with no English, little money and only an address on a postcard for guidance.
Basque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands End
Amateur film193713 minsSilent
There's something reminiscent in this home movie from the 1930s – with refugees escaping from a distant civil war to find safety in England
Vietnamese Children Refugees
Non-Fiction19785 mins Location: Birmingham
6,000 miles from home, after a perilous voyage to escape terror and oppression, five child refugees from Vietnam experience the magic of a British Christmas.
Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education
War194528 minsSilent Location: Shanghai
Fascinating, sometimes harrowing record of life in camps run by international aid agencies following the bombing of Shanghai by the Japanese.
Aid to China
Charity appeal19453 mins
Heart-rending British appeal film for funds to ease suffering of China's orphaned children and starving millions after Japanese invasion.
A City of Chaos
Non-Fiction19271 minsSilent Location: Shanghai
Scenes of panic on the streets of Shanghai as Chinese citizens seek protection from Communist and Kuomintang violence behind Allied barricades.
Formosa Island of Promise
How did Taiwan cope with the huge influx of Chinese refugees from the mainland after the war? This report explains why the island is a symbol of hope for all developing countries.