Join us Dec 13th to talk media and migrants over mulled wine

mulled-wine-shutter-stockJoin us, Tuesday December 13th, for an evening of friendship, mulled wine and mince pies, where we will turn our attention to groups who feel increasingly excluded, vulnerable and friendless in today’s Britain.

If you work in media and/or have an interest in this topic, you are welcome to join us for a discussion on media/social media that are fuelling racist agendas, and look at the journalistic challenges of engaging audiences with asylum seekers’own stories.

Bill MacKeith will lead a discussion about language and narratives that fan the flames of hatred – of which the story below, which appeared in The Express last month, is a prime example

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Dai Richards will show “Stepping into Safety”, a film he produced and directed for Asylum Welcome, which gives refugees who are living in and around Oxford, like Taghi Mortazavi from Afghanistan (pictured below), the chance to tell their stories.


Dai, “a jobbing film maker”, has produced and directed documentary programmes for thirty years, making films and series about current affairs, history, science and international politics for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, German and French public-service broadcasters and more. He will talk briefly about the challenges of making the film, from convincing participants to share their stories, to creating a coherent and engaging story arc, to the logistics of filming with a small budget and a largely volunteer crew.

If you care about these issues and want to join the discussion, you are welcome to join us.

When? Tuesday Dec 13th.  Discussion, chat and wine starts at 7.00pm and is open to non-members

Where?  New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ. Couldn’t be more central.

Please bring along some festive eats to share!


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