At Concern, we are huge advocates of an alternative approach to Christmas. While Christmas films are great, we have created a list of alternative viewing, listening and reading for those of you that are looking for something a bit different. Those shortlisted link to our main areas of work and include films and podcasts on emergencies, climate change, and people seeking refuge – and are easily accessible via streaming platforms like Netflix, BBC player, Amazon Prime, the podcast app or YouTube.
The eco-documentary 2040 is ‘a gentle antidote to environmental anxiety’ according to The Guardian. Directed by Damon Gameau, it imagines a world 20 years from now, free from the climate crisis. Gameau says he made 2040 for his daughter’s generation. The film continually goes back to warm interviews with children, gently reminding us whose future is at stake.
How to watch it: Available to buy or rent from Google, Apple and Microsoft.
As long as there is war, poverty and insecurity in Africa and the Middle East, those finding themselves caught in up in it will try to seek a better life elsewhere. This has been the case for years now, with people embarking on the dangerous sea crossing to reach what they believe to be better and safer shores in Europe. Italy has been one of the principal destinations. But, when asylum seekers arrive, they don't always find the life they were hoping for.
This film, created by Mohamed Kenawi, is about three young north Africans who survived the hazardous journey to Italy only to find their European dreams in tatters.
How to watch it: Available on YouTube.
Taking place at the tragic epicentre of the refugee crisis, Lampedusa, a remote island in the Mediterranean Sea, ‘Fire at Sea’ is a much-deserved Academy Award nominee. Abandoning narration, commentary and interviews, this masterful documentary allows you to engage fully in the cinematic artistry, all the while portraying the horror and pain suffered by so many in search of safety.
How to watch it: Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.