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Reclaim the Frame: Styx (12A)
Following the screening of Styx, we will host a panel discussion, exploring issues of migration raised in the film. The discussion will be chaired by Jo Duncombe of Birds' Eye View, and she'll be joined by Dr Sana Murrani, Founder of the Displacement Studies Research Network, and Waleed Abdallah from British Red Cross and Give Back. You'll also have the opportunity and support to write a letter to a refugee based in Calais, with our workshop before and after the film.
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Dir. Wolfgang Fischer, Germany/Austria, 2018, 94 mins, subtitled.
Cast. Susanne Wolff, Gedion Wekesa Oduor.
Main language: English, German
From its opening scenes, Styx captivates the viewer with an overarching tension. Emergency doctor Rieke is on holiday, attempting to fulfil a long-held dream by sailing alone from Gibraltar to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. Her trip drastically changes course when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate refugees. Stricken by their plight, she tries her best to help them, but as time goes by and the situation worsens, she is forced to make a life or death decision. Fischer’s crisp filmmaking, encompassing themes of racism and empathy, western privilege and moral responsibility, makes Styx one of this year’s most provocative and gripping dramas.