Thursday 17 June 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Watch a film is one of the Simple Acts you can do to join this year’s Refugee Week. To mark World Refugee Day 2021 we are hosting a special (virtual) screening of “The Man Who Fell From The Sky”, the stranger-than-fiction story of the most extreme journey ever made by a human being. In 2015 two men stowed away in the landing gear of a plane flying from Johannesburg to London. One of them fell to his death in Richmond - making worldwide headlines - but miraculously his companion survived. Richard's investigation takes five years to complete as he battles the authorities who don't want him delving into this subject. His search for answers takes him round the world before ending up in Liverpool, UK. Here he finally comes face to face with one man who offers a heart-breaking and illuminating account of what happened on that flight. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will address some of the questions raised in the movie, such as the complex reasons behind migration decision making and why people seeking sanctuary may feel they have no choice other than to embark on perilous journeys, and what happens to the loved ones left behind. The event will also be the chance to shed light on the dire need for institutional frameworks and adequate support in the UK and elsewhere for families of migrants who went missing during migration journeys, an issue highlighted in IOM’s latest report Families of Missing Migrants: Their Search for Answers, the Impacts of Loss and Recommendations for Improved Support.
"The Man Who Fell From The Sky": Panel Discussion
Thursday 17 June, 3-4pm