The sight of a Syrian toddler’s lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach was among the horrors that drove Vanessa Redgrave to make her directorial debut with a feature documentary about the refugee crisis, she said.
The 80-year-old Oscar-winning actor and political activist have long campaigned for refugees, but the shocking images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi made her realize she needed to do more.
Determined to raise awareness of the plight of people fleeing persecution and poverty, death and destruction, she directed a documentary, titled Sea Sorrow, funding it herself.
“I just felt I must,” she told the Guardian.
Recalling tragic stories told by refugees and the squalid conditions in which they live, she asked: “Who else would have directed what I was seeing?”
Last week, she received the accolade of having the documentary selected for a “special screening” at next month’s Cannes film festival.
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