BIG JOURNEYS UNTOLD STORIES came about when film-maker and writer Sue Clayton discovered that young asylum seekers were arriving alone in the UK. Who would you become, if you left everything you knew, your family, your language, your religion?

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BIG JOURNEYS UNTOLD STORIES came about when film-maker and writer Sue Clayton discovered that young asylum seekers were arriving alone in the UK. Who would you become, if you left everything you knew, your family, your language, your religion?

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She met some of the young people at Hampstead School where they have a group, ‘Children of the Storm’. She worked with Project Phakama, who produced amazing plays with teenage asylum-seekers that gave great insights into how young people create their own voice, their own identity, when up against hard times.


She met some of the young people at Hampstead School where they have a group, ‘Children of the Storm’. She worked with Project Phakama, who produced amazing plays with teenage asylum-seekers that gave great insights into how young people create their own voice, their own identity, when up against hard times.

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She filmed over ten years with young people from Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq. When one boy Hamedullah was deported back to Afghanistan, she gave him a video camera so that he could record what happened- and let us see if it is really safe to return as the Home Office claims…

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She filmed over ten years with young people from Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq. When one boy Hamedullah was deported back to Afghanistan, she gave him a video camera so that he could record what happened- and let us see if it is really safe to return as the Home Office claims…

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The resulting film Hamedullah: The Road Home was nominated for a One World Award and won Best Documentary at LIFF. The film was submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Human Rights of Migrant Children, and Sue has been active ever since in trying to change the policy on forcible removal of young people to war zones.

‘A very Important film’ – Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson.
‘Shines a spotlight on key issues’ – Dazed and Confused
‘A bold, original documentary’ – Amnesty International


The resulting film Hamedullah: The Road Home was nominated for a One World Award and won Best Documentary at LIFF. The film was submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Human Rights of Migrant Children, and Sue has been active ever since in trying to change the policy on forcible removal of young people to war zones.

‘A very Important film – Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson.
‘Shines a spotlight on key issues’ – Dazed and Confused
‘A bold, original documentary’ – Amnesty International

Sue wants this archive to be a home for all the stories and experiences of these young people, who are so often ignored or disbelieved – and a way of exploring who they are, what their stories have made them – and with our help, who they can be in the future.

Over the next months more stories and other material from these young people will be uploaded here.

This archive site is supported in its pilot phase by Counterpoints Arts
with funding from Creativeworks London


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