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11 March 2020

Displaced, but not discouraged.

by Andrew MacGregor

Médecins Sans Frontières: “Give Me Hope” - 1 min 56s

This painterly animation for Médecins Sans Frontières centres on the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. As the charity bid to curb disease in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, director Richard Swarbrick uses his distinctive visual style to show how over half a million Rohingya were forced from their native Myanmar.

From the opening shot of a Rohingya Muslim shimmering in nuanced shades, we are drawn into an inexplicable tale of persecution, loss, and exile, amplified by Three Laws’ broad soundtrack (“Tripping over hurdles, and crashing through the floor/Give me hope”).

The result is a highly expressive summary of the crisis so far, though it could also be seen as an attempt by the advertised charity to atone for past transgressions.

Film Production: Presence Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Richard Swarbrick Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Danny Fleet
Music: Give Me Hope - Three Laws

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