Clandestino (2011)

Clandestine immigration in the Evros region of Greece has reached unsustainable levels in recent months, with the area becoming the busiest frontline in illegal migration into the European Union.

The current situation in Greece has been described as a 'humanitarian crisis' by leading officials at the UNHCR, with aid agencies working in the region telling tales of mistreatment, overcrowded detention facilities and lack of medical support locally.

With the planned construction of a border fence between Greece and Turkey, the journey that thousands of migrants currently make is set to change.

The fence could push the flow of migration further south across the Evros River, or even the open sea. Migrants desperate to make it to Europe may end up paying with their lives, as increasingly ruthless people smugglers look for new paths for their cargo.

Editing and production - Tim Swaby and Greg Hackett at Spindle Films.


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Iraq's unwanted people (2010)

Bradley Secker, a U.K based photojournalist, spent two months living in Damascus, Syria in autumn 2010. He spent his time locating LGBT individuals that had fled Iraq in fear of being persecuted because of their sexuality. Gaining the trust of these individuals meant Bradley could see inside the closed diaspora of Iraqi LGBT refugees first hand. His primary aim was to create a photo essay with written, first hand testimonies.

On return to the U.K, Bradley started work on ‘Iraq’s unwanted people’, a short documentary highlighting the problems faced by Iraqi LGBT individuals. The film shows two personal accounts of men living in fear as refugees in Syria. Through photos, interviews and moving image, the film hopes to pose the question as to how, and why, such acts of violence and brutality can be overlooked in a new ‘free’ Iraq.

Film edited and produced by Spindle Films

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Pixee Foxx and Rodrigo Alves surgery 'MOT' in Istanbul, Turkey.

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