Hello everybody,Moving Pictures
is taking a mobile cinema to mainland Europe to play movies for refugees. By taking a cinema on the road we aim to inspire, and however briefly- to offer some escape from difficult circumstances. We see this project as a statement of solidarity with all displaced peoples and a means to empower action and awareness for political change and basic human rights.
The last 12 months have been spent building and buying everything necessary to get the show on the road. This includes but is not limited to- a van (with insurance, tax, lining, repairs), 6000 lumen projector, 1.2Kw PA system with desk, 1.6Kw suitcase generator, 2m tripod screen, 4m fastfold screen (very generously donated by Lumen
) and all the little fiddly bits. The grand result is a compact, portable, high-quality cinema that can cater for audiences of up to 200+ people, with its own independent power supply. When recently tallied the total cost came to about £7000 and because we paid for all that ourselves, now we've got no money left!
We are asking for your help with running costs for the first trip. This includes money for fuel, maintenence, ferry crossings and road tolls- travelling approximately 5000 miles from Yorkshire, England to Athens, Greece. We will stop at camps and improptu sites en-route and on return. Having already made most of the preparations we're taking the show on the road as soon as possible. How soon we can leave and how many camps we can reach will be up to you.
Please be generous, give what you can and spread the word! After paying for the whole cinema, we've given everything we have, now we need your help with the final hurdle. There's no overheads, no bureaucracy and no wishy washy talk- it's built and ready to go right now. You can be assured that every single penny donated will go directly to the cause. As soon as we have raised our target, we can set off.
It's easy to be feel upset and powerless to help with what's happening right now in Europe, especially when Governments are not responding to the largest humanitarian crisis of our generation. We believe we've found a unique, specific and achievable way to help. As I'm sure you know, the real difference being made in the refugee crisis is by volunteers and the thousands of amazing people that support them.
The Moving Picture project was created by Shireen Farkhoy and William Johnson. Both were born some thirty or so years ago in Yorkshire. Shireen is an actress and William is an artist, his blog is online here
Please help us to bring some light to people who are facing a bitterly cold winter, because when people have nothing, a little humanity means everything.
Shireen and William.