This Difference Festival event will address the issue of the so-called 'migrant crisis' in the Mediterranean. It will look at the specific case of Lampedusa as a space that struggles to find a balance between on the one hand a space for leisure and tourism and on the other a destination for global passage. It will also challenge the way the representation of this phenomenon has been managed by the media and the political actors.
Côme Ledésert's 25-minute short film Persisting Dreams will also receive its UK premiere at the event.
Côme Ledésert (film maker/PhD student at University of Westminster) – Côme is the author of Persisting Dreams, a short film about Lampedusa that questions our perception of migrants in Europe.
Maya Ramsay (artist) – An award-winning artist, Maya works with historically and politically important sites including, most recently, the graves of migrants who lost their lives whilst trying to reach Europe by sea.
Lucy Wood (artist) – Lucy set sail from Lampedusa to London in a rescued North African migrant boat on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2013.
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