By Ellen Ormesher, Senior Reporter

September 7, 2023 | 2 min read

‘Hope Away From Home’ urges world leaders to uphold the fundamental rights of people seeking safety from war, violence and persecution.

Around the world, an ever-growing number of refugees who are forced to leave their homes are being denied the right to seek safety in other countries. Too often, they face dangers along their routes, pushback at borders or are stuck in legal limbo for years.

This film, created for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) by Copenhagen-based creative agency &Co. and the North Alliance (NoA) recognizes this struggle through the symbolism of the subject’s worlds being turned upside down and the violence of being physically displaced. It follows three individuals from different countries being forced to leave home for various reasons. Viewers follow them on their journey as they struggle to find safety and a helping hand; while some are lucky enough to find it, others are not.

Director Marcus Ibanez said: “Every refugee story is different. We set out to tell three different stories and came up with three different ways of visualizing their journey – and not least, their fate. It was powerful to portray visually.”

Part of a three-year advocacy campaign by UNHCR called ‘Hope Away from Home,’ the film aims to push for greater solidarity and policy change to ensure refugees’ rights are protected in line with international law and solutions are found to allow refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives and contribute to their host communities.

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