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We’ve been littering….

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… for a good cause!

Sat 22nd April marked World Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events take place in more than 193 countries and are held to demonstrate support for and educate others about environmental protection.

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Pop Up Docs were fortunate to be able to screen the recently released film A PLASTIC OCEAN which highlights the plight of marine animals living among the estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic rubbish generated by humans. Our team created a trail of plastic waste from Bath Spa station to the secret venue.

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The film itself was a shocking watch. And if that didn’t get us riled up enough the film was introduced by DOP Mike Pitts who revealed how horrifying it was to have to watch many of these tragedies unfold before his eyes. Pitts believed the film should have been made several years ago – and indeed it feels like a tragedy that has been unfolding for some time.

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Mike and the PLASTIC OCEAN team traveled the world to bring us this incredible story. But in fact it’s as much a local story as it is an international one.

Filmmaker Dan Wiseman of Wiseman Productions was inspired by the actions of the Ado Shorland in Bude, North Cornwall. He started a collective when he realised that instead of collecting driftwood, maybe he should be collecting all the plastic being washed up on the beaches and so began Widemouth Bay Task Force..

Dan’s short film LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE documents the team, who spend their down time tackling the deluge of waste washed up on North Cornish beaches – come rain, shine or gale force winds! But the clean up has had more of an impact on the community than they imagined – inspiring and facilitating artwork, decorating the homes of locals and even helping to rehabilitate a woman with a debilitating condition…

Watch Dan’s inspiring film here

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SPEAKERS CONFIRMED: POP UP DOCS presents: A SYRIAN LOVE STORY

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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.

Get your tickets here: https://a-syrian-love-story-popupdocs.eventbrite.co.uk

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POP UP DOCS presents: A SYRIAN LOVE STORY

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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.