Is there anything in the world more powerful than a story? Films can be powerful storytelling mediums to take us on journeys without us ever having to leave our seats. 

Films can help us understand different perspectives by introducing us to different people, cultures and perspectives. By seeing the world through someone else’s eyes, we can gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and challenges. All of which can help us develop a greater sense of compassion and inspire us to take action to make a positive change in the world. Watch with family or friends at home, or with your community or group. Help the film travel even further by recommending it to a friend, or writing a review on a site like Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’d like to host a screening of a film at your workplace, arts, community space, school or elsewhere, you’ll need permissions to screen most films publicly. We’ve put together a handy list of films that you’re able to screen at events or to the public with information on how to acquire the permissions/rights to screen them. Check it out here!

Wondering what to watch? Look no further, Here is a small selection of some wonderful film and TV shows which help us better understand migration, displacement and help us grow our compassion. Some of these films explore themes of migration and displacement, whilst others showcase fantastic talent from refugee backgrounds (looking at you Oscar winner, Ke Huy Quan from Everything Everywhere All at Once!) 

More film ideas?

Follow London Migration Film Festival to find out when their 2023 festival will take place.

Check out platforms like Nowness, where we’ve picked some of our favourite films.

Our friends at IMIX also put together a list of 11 films to watch a couple of years ago.

For Children & Young People
Take a look at IntoFilm’s selection of refugee-related feature films, or our list of short films for children of all ages.

Share your film recommendations, events and reviews on social media using  using these hashtags #SimpleActs #CompassionIntoAction #RefugeeWeek 

If your social media post includes images or names of other people, make sure you get permission first, including from parents/ guardians of anyone under 18.

Watch a Film is one of ten Simple Acts you can do for Refugee Week 2023. To view them all, visit the Simple Acts page.