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Film: Calais Children. A Case to Answer

A film which documents the story of unaccompanied children in the Calais ‘Jungle’ following the demolition of the makeshift camp has been screened in Norwich.

It’s director, Sue Clayton, spent a year filming at the camp in France where approximately 1,600 unaccompanied minors were living, many of them orphans or separated from relatives, hoping to reach family in the UK. In her view, it documents “the shocking story of what happened and the broken promises of the British Government. It’s a scandal on the level of Windrush and Grenfell as far as I’m concerned.”

The film was used as evidence in a High Court case brought by solicitors working with the young asylum-seekers, who sued the Home Office for being in breech of human rights. It’s also been shown to MPs in Parliament.

Sue Clayton, a film-maker and lecturer, has worked on refugee issues since 2001. A second of her films, Hamedullah: The Road Home, features footage from inside a detention centre filmed on a camera she provided to a teenage Afghan. The story of how he was then deported back to Afghanistan upon turning 18 will also be shown in Norwich during Refugee Week 2019.