Moving to Mars Key Stage 3
Reading, writing, speaking & listening

This short unit is rooted in exploring the situation in Burma and the plight of the refugees. The documentary explores two families’ journeys to England to begin a new life, away from the political turmoil in Burma. In using this documentary, students are able to complete a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities.

The Film: Moving to Mars

2010 Mat Whitecross

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.

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