Sharing a moment with a fellow film buff
When we meet refugees in France or Belgium, it is fascinating to discover more about their interests, career ambitions and hopes for the future. Recently I met a man from Ethiopia and I told him I hadn’t met many refugees from that country during my time in Brussels. He was very proud to tell me about his country and he spent a while showing me his home town of Aksum on a map. He hopes to return there when it is safe for him.
As we chatted on he told me that he had been studying theatre studies in Aksum, and his ambition is one day to be a film director. On hearing this I told him about ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’, a film I had recently watched about a group that helped Ethiopian refugees escape to Israel. I really loved this film as it educated me about the situation in Ethiopia and my new friend had also watched it, so we were able to discuss it for a while.
This was a really special conversation for me as we both forgot for a short time that we were at a distribution in Brussels, instead we were just friends talking about a film we had enjoyed.
This was during a snug pack distribution in Brussels. We gave out 314 snug packs and I’ve never heard so many thank you’s in my life.