Resources: Moving to Mars
Moving to Mars follows two refugee families from Burma over the course of a year that will change their lives completely. Forced from their homeland by the repressive military junta, they have lived in a Thai refugee camp for many years. A resettlement scheme offers them the chance of a new life, but their new home, in the British city of Sheffield, will be different to everything they have ever known.
With intimate access, this feature-length documentary from Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) depicts the families' moving and sometimes humorous struggles with 21st century Britain. Their stories give us a unique insight into the experiences of displaced people throughout the UK, whilst showing the human consequences of Burma's political unrest.
Clip: 1. ContextKaren people flee from their homeland in Burma to Mae La Camp
Clip: 2. Life in the refugee campJo Kae talks about his work in the camp
Clip: 3. The family's thoughts about movingThe two families discuss their knowledge of England
Clip: 4. The initial arrival in EnglandThe families see England's landscape for the first time
Clip: 5. Thoughts of homeThe young members of the family compare life in Sheffield with life in the camp