Lesbos SOS, observational documentary for Channel 4 News, Katalyst Productions, 2015.
An observational documentary profiling the humbling humanitarian response to the European refugee crisis on the island of Lesbos by a British family, The Kempsons, who single-handedly responded to refugees arriving on their doorstep. For months they struggled to give the most basic of humanitarian assistance to thousands of desperate refugees who arrived in make-shift dinghies from Turkey. The film is a portrait of ordinary volunteers struggling to cope with the biggest migration in Europe since World War II.
The film had a phenomenal response on social media and the cut-down version has had over 840,000 hits on Facebook alone.
To support the humanitarian work of the Kempsons in Lesbos please check out their Facebook page.
Directed, Filmed & Produced by Sharron Ward. Editor: Steve Gibbs, Executive Producer: James Brabazon for Channel 4 News, UK, Duration: 8 mins.
The film was longlisted for an Amnesty Media Award in 2016.
Read the Katalyst Blog about filming behind the scenes in Greece.