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Dan Carrier’s movies news: 21 Miles

13 December, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

SOMETIMES a film comes along that will move you so much that things don’t quite feel the same afterwards.

Watching Richard Parry’s feature-length documentary 21 Miles, about the experience of one person trying to find a safe haven, is such a film.

Parry tells the story of a man called Kais (pictured).

He is 30 years old and originally from Tunisia. He travelled across Europe, eventually reaching Calais, as he sought to be reunited with his eight-year-old son, Marcel, in the UK.

One of the film’s producers is the manager of the soft-pop band Coldplay, Dave Holmes.

He said: “The documentary shines a light on the everyday struggles of migrants and refugees desperate to escape impossible situations.”

Parry and his team spent two years documenting migrant stories and during filming, the French Police locked the team up for possessing a gas mask – a piece of kit used by journalists covering the eviction of the infamous Jungle refugee camp in Calais.

The team was imprisoned for 24 hours and then deported.

Richard added: “This was a real labour of love for me. I’d spent years filming wars on far-flung shores, from Iraq to Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia and I felt driven to tell the story of these migrants, a mere 21 miles away from my own shore. Many of the people in the Jungle had fled conflicts I’d filmed, so it was heartbreaking for me to witness both ends of their story.”

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