Living on a refugee camp



Aamir directed by Russian-British award winning Director Vika Evadokimenko has been nominated for a BAFTA in category Best British Short Film. Vika Evadokimenko has already won the Special Jury Prize at the International Canada Film Festival and Best Short at Fargo Fantastic Film Festival for the short movie KATYA & THE SCARLET SAILS.

The film is based on a true story about a boy placed in a unofficial refugee camp. It’s a very hot topic at the moment with all the discussions and recent events troubling the world. Since the beginning of the Syrian War back in early 2011 there are a lot of refugees that don’t feel safe in their own country. The conditions of the camps are very poor, due of the shortage on money. Often unaccompanied children become victims of trafficking, abuse and even disappear from the camps . The film shows how these conditions affect community living there as well as how innocent people become victims of the war.

The boy called Aamir is only 13 years old when he is separated from his family and placed in a unofficial refugee camp in Europe. He is all by himself until he meet British volunteer Kaitlyn. The boy is very shy and doesn’t talk a lot however when he notices that Katlyn wants to help him he starts to open up more. She become’s Aamir’s last hope for salvation. Trying to survive and take care of himself Aamir decides to sell his watch to get some much needed money. An unexpected meeting with some people speaking the same language as Aamir makes the little boy feel safe for a sec. However a quick friendship ends rather fast with some un expected consequences – his watch is gone… Aamir loses hope, and he decides that no one can be trust anymore, not even Kaitlyn.

The film is based on non-verbal communication. However body language and facial expressions communicate just as well as words would. The viewer can easily understand the situation and what is happening with it. It is a sad and touching story, especially when you know that it’s a true story.There certainly are many stories like Aamirs that could be told to the world and you can not do anything, but to feel lucky enough to have a roof above your head and not needing to think what you’ll be eating the next day… The message and it’s importance, especially in today’s world is definitely a worthy nomination for 2018 BAFTA!

Director: Vita Evadokimenko 

Aamir: Alan Asaad

Kaitlyn: Jasmine Blackborrow

Aamir’s mother: Samia Rida

Mohammed: Ako Ali

Soran: Arian Rashid

Ako: Fahan Salman

Turkish smuggles: Sen Monro




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