When journeying on becomes your only form of survival, how far are you willing to go? It is estimated that more than 50 million displaced people worldwide are fleeing conflict, poverty or persecution. Many embark on dangerous journeys in a bid for survival...
'Shamas' is a short film set in England and taking place against the backdrop of a mass refugee crisis. Amongst the chaos and uncertainty of what lies ahead, is one young man who must question his own humanity when his need to survive takes precedence. How far is he willing to go?
Myriam Raja, Director
Born in Paris, to Pakistani parents, Myriam moved to England at the age of 11 and began making films aged 14. Her first film was screened at the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and she has since gone on to have several of her shorts screened at various film festivals across the world, including Chicago Film Festival, Auburn International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and most recently the London Asian Film Festival.
Myriam graduated last year from the Arts University Bournemouth with a degree in Film Production and her graduation film 'Tehzeeb' recently won Best Student Drama at the regional RTS Awards. She was also selected for the Random Acts Ignition Netowrk 'FLARE' strand and directed the short film 'Khadejah', which was produced by Dom.
Dominique Unsworth, Producer
Dom is Founder and MD of Resource Productions Ltd and has been Producing videos and shorts for over 15 years. In that time she has identified, supported and trained-up a wide range of young filmmakers through programmes including Pinewood Young Filmmakers, BFI Film Academies and 4Talent. Her aim is to produce culturally diverse, thought-provoking audio-visual content that gives a voice to those least likely to be heard and thereby help effect social change.
To support 'Shamas', visit the team's CrowdfunderUK page.