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SHELTER WITHOUT SHELTER

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Synopsis

Shelter Without Shelter explores the hopes and challenges involved in providing temporary housing for refugees. Filmed over three years since 2015, this six-part documentary investigates how forced migrants from Syria were sheltered across Europe and the Middle East, ending up in mega-camps, city squats, occupied airports, illegal settlements, requisitioned buildings, flat-pack structures, and enormous architect-designed reception centres. Containing perspectives from the humanitarians who created these shelters as well as the critics who campaigned against them, the documentary reveals the complex dilemmas involved in attempts to house refugees in emergency conditions. Based on innovative new research at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, Shelter Without Shelter offers new insights into a universal human experience. We all need shelter, but what is it?

Film Programme

SHELTER WITHOUT SHELTER

Mark E Breeze & Tom Scott-Smith, UK, 2019, 93′

Trailer

SHELTER WITHOUT SHELTER emerges from the Architectures of Displacement research project at the University of Oxford. It is a collaboration between Associate Professor Tom Scott-Smith and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and architect Mark E Breeze.

[Best Documentary Film – 2020 Research in Film Awards]

Film event guest
Mark E Breeze

Film Director

Mark E Breeze is a licensed architect and an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who combines interdisciplinary practice (Principal, Spatial Realities), research (Founding Chair, University of Cambridge Sustainable Shelter Group), teaching (Architectural Association), and environmental design advocacy (Founding UK Sustainability Chair, American Institute of Architects).

Tom Scott-Smith

Film Producer

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. His research and writing examines the politics of humanitarian relief and its impact on the lives of refugees.

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