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14 April 2021

Don't stop movin'.

by Andrew MacGregor


UNHCR: “The Journey” - 1 min 40s

While the Tokyo Olympics organising committee bid to make the 2020 Games as safe and, erm, git-free as possible, this pacy commercial from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reacquaints viewers with the nascent refugees team.

First introduced in 2016, the team comprises athletes from war-torn countries like Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Argentine directing trio PANTERA depict one woman's escape from an unnamed warzone, but we only see the bottom half of her body.

Quick feet are her best (and only) defence against gunfire, explosions, and other threats, and there's no let-up when she reaches safety either. Viewers may never see her face, but they know exactly what she's made of.

Such a well-crafted trip should entice audiences back into the intriguing world of refugee competitors. The only obstacle that remains for athletes like these is - you guessed it - the coronavirus pandemic.


Film Production: Anonymous Content Ⓦ
Director: PANTERA Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Shion Hayasaka / Gaby Carcova
Executive Producer: Tor Fitzwilliams
Cinematographer: Fran Hauser
VFX: Ollie Ramsey / Adam Peterson @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Lewis Crossfield @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Culum Simpson Ⓦ / Joe Wilkinson @ String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Producer: Laura-Leigh Smith @ String and Tins Ⓟ Ⓦ

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