The film “Wales is a Land of Refuge” directed by actor Memet Ali Alabora, whose file was separated in the Gezi Case and was tried for life imprisonment, received an award within the scope of the Charity Films Awards (CFA). Alabora said, “I am a refugee. You can be a refugee too,” he said.
Actor Memet Ali Alabora, who lives in Wales and is sentenced to life imprisonment within the scope of the Gezi Case, directed the Welsh Refugee Council’s film “Wales is a Land of Refuge”.
According to the news in T24, the short film that opposes the British government’s “Citizenship and Borders Act” plan, which makes border crossing difficult, won the grand prize at the International Aid Film Awards.
Speaking at the award ceremony about the film and refugees in Britain, Alabora said:
“I am a refugee. You can be a refugee too. And very soon you can become a refugee somewhere in the world just because of the climate crisis or an earthquake. When we talk about refugees, we talk as if they are abstract figures or statistics. They are not ‘refugees’. They are human. Individual individuals.This law of the border means that friends who cook for you or play cards together or write poems for you can suddenly disappear, and we don’t want that.
I am originally from Turkey. Everyone was the nicest person in the world for the first week when the earthquake hit. In times of crisis we forget everything. We forget our identities, our countries, where we came from and just help each other. This is what makes us human. “
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