A Camera In the Water:
Forced displacement and border-crossing narratives in Creative Documentary Film

Edinburgh College of Art
The University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Dr Jamie Chambers
This research looks at creative documentary filmmaking practices in relation to migrant and refugee experiences of forced displacement. It specifically focuses on the aesthetic and ethical implications of films produced in response to unauthorised crossings in the Mediterranean region, as well as the intersection between migrant bodies, borders, and subjectivities from a researcher-practitioner perspective. The goal is to amplify and expand migrants' and refugees' creative agency in storytelling and image-making beyond the saturation of crisis imagery recurrently associated with their journeys.

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