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Charlotta Harrison survived 42 years of domestic violence. She believes telling her story will save others.*

Bath-based Director Rachel Meyrick has made this film, WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME, to share Charlotta and others’ stories with the world. POP UP DOCS are showing it on the big screen for the first time ever + a Q&A with Meyrick on Sat 25th March, 7pm at Bath Guildhall. Join us, click here for tickets & more info:


Domestic violence: to stay or to go? Why do US courts favour the abusive father in custody cases?*

It’s a tough topic, an emotional topic, looking into the custody battles which follow a victim’s brave choice to stand up and put a stop to this abuse and how, in the U.S. justice system, the abusive father is granted custody of the children in a huge majority of cases.

Some have compared this to “the Catholic Church scandal” where many knew of injustice but chose to act as though nothing was going on, presumably to avoid rocking the boat.**

“(U.S.) Courts are handing the custody of children to their abusive fathers in THE MAJORITY of cases in which the father challenges the protective mother for custody” (SOURCE: National Network to End Domestic Violence, NNEDV)


Dir. Rachel Meyrick | 2017 | UK

Camera: Rachel Meyrick / Laura Mcgann

Editor: Rachel Meyrick / Sam Sneade

Executive Producers: John Sidaway / Sam Sneade

**see Philomena | 2013 | Dir. Stephen Frears |



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We are excited to be able to let you know who our speakers are for our screening of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY, a Bath Welcomes Refugees fundraiser, on Monday 23rd January: Alaa Al Khourdajie and Sally Harris will kindly be joining us.

Sally will present an overview of Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) in Bath and beyond, their goals, and how to get involved for those interested.
Alaa will share the experience of two friends, his peers, and their suffering under the current Syrian regime. He will also highlight the challenge we’re facing with ever-expanding refugee crises (political, conflict, environmental) and how we plan for these logistically, as well as politically & through group mentality.

Sally Harris, an active Human-Rights campaigner, is Deputy-Chair of BWR. Alaa Al Khourdajie is a Syrian citizen currently studying for a PHD at Bath University, and a member of the BWR management committee.

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Monday 23rd January, 8pm at the Boston Tea Party, Bath
Dir. Sean McAllister | 78min | 2015 | 12A

This next Pop Up Docs screening is a fundraiser for Bath Welcomes Refugees, get your tickets from our home page: £6 adult | £5 student | £4 unwaged/single parent | FREE refugees/carers

We hope to see many people at this screening, to raise funds and awareness too. Please do come, bring a friend, and tell your neighbours too…

£30 pays for a child’s school uniform, £100 for a pushchair: these are simple things some take for granted, which for others are essential to accessing an education or getting out of the house with the kids. When you think of what is going on across the whole country of Syria (most of the refugees in Bath are from Syria, hence the film choice) as well as the much-covered devastation of Aleppo, a school uniform or a buggy don’t seem like much to ask for, and your donations, any donation, can make a huge difference here.

Bath Welcomes Refugees is a friendly group for anyone in the area who would like to be involved with welcoming refugee families. We have invited a guest speaker to share a glimpse of life as a refugee, the experience of displacement from home, being unable to return to the place where you belong.