Climate Displacement

Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema is set to host an essential programme investigating the links between human migration, the refugee crisis and climate change. Taking place on Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 March, the North East cinema will stage a series of screenings, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Entitled Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis, the programme is presented in partnership with Climate Outreach and The Climate and Migration Coalition, and with support from Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumbrian Water.

International filmmakers and leading experts will join to discuss the connection between climate change, natural disasters and migration at a critical time in human history. It is predicted that climate change will have a significant impact on human migration in the next 50 years, with millions being displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, intensifying drought and agricultural disruption. This curated programme of events will inform and spark a dialogue on the urgency of action on climate change as well as its ties to the current refugee crisis and human displacement.

Key talks include Lord David Puttnam’s leading address, which will draw on his 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films, such as The Killing Fields,Chariots of Fire and Bugsy Malone, as well as his work in public policy relating to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. Also in attendance will be director George Kurian and Dr Susan Crate who will discuss the situations in some of the world’s most severely affected locations.

Alongside a unique schedule of films including The AnthropologistA Syrian Love StoryThe Crossing and the regional premiere of The Age of Consequences, Tyneside Cinema will unveil the final instalment of visual artist Lucy Wood’s ongoing project Distant Neighbours. Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp, Amman Jordan, Wood’s work reflects on the link between climate change and migration.

This year Tyneside Cinema celebrates its 80th anniversary. Originally built to bring local, national and international news to Newcastle, the cinema now reflects on its status as a cultural “elder”, using its position as a place where people can explore other cultures through film, and to engage audiences with today’s most pressing societal issues. Gimme Shelter forms part of this endeavour in 2017.

Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis, Thursday 16-Sunday 19 March, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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1. Still from The Age of Consequences, screening on 16 March.