Free screening of 'Moving to Mars' is Anglia Ruskin's Big Idea to support Refugee Week

Published: 25 May 2010 at 13:01

Anglia Ruskin University is showing its support of Universities Week by rolling out a big idea to help raise awareness of Refugee Week.

Both weeks (14-20 June) will challenge public misconceptions by highlighting the role of universities in the community; and by delivering positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees.  The Refugee Week 2010 campaign will feature arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

Anglia Ruskin’s contribution to both campaigns will be to stage a free public filming of ‘Moving to Mars’ at its East Road campus on 17 June at 6.30pm made available from GoodScreenings, a social justice screening organisation that shows films that are not only good but do good things to help different causes. The project was initiated by the British Red Cross in partnership with the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum and Cambridge City Council. 

The film ‘Moving to Mars’ follows two refugee families from Burma over the course of a year, a period that will change their lives completely. Forced from their homeland by the repressive military junta, these two families have lived in a Thai refugee camp for many years. A resettlement scheme offers them the chance of a new life, but their new home,   in the British city of Sheffield, will be different to everything they have ever known.

With intimate access, this feature-length documentary depicts the families' moving and sometimes humorous struggles with 21st century Britain. Their stories give us a unique insight into the experiences of displaced people throughout the UK, while showing the human consequences of Burma's political unrest.

Enthusiastic about Anglia Ruskin University’s role in the support of these two campaigns, Miriam Schoneberg from the Community Development Office says:

"Staging this screening is just one of the ways that we can give tangible help to a campaign as important as Refugee Week. We are keen to demonstrate the value of our university in the local community in this way by informing and educating people as to the difficulties faced by the refugees."

"The initiative is a part of Universities Week which will give people an insight into what universities offer local communities. From the training of teachers, doctors and sports professionals, to the development of future technologies, the week is all about showing how students, academics and staff make a difference in the UK."

As part of Refugee Week the British Red Cross Red Cross will be staging an exhibition of work by refugees and asylum seekers.  The venue for the exhibition will be confirmed shortly. 

Those interested in attending the event can call 0845 196 2315 or 01223 457876 for more details or email

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