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Under the Jasmine Tree

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I want people to realise how hard it is to leave your home and country and life behind.” said Christopher, age 11.

UNDER THE JASMINE TREE is a two-minute animated film made by Primary school children, based on a poem by a Syrian refugee.

Sanwal, age 10, said “When I first heard the poem I felt really touched. We had to make a movie out of it. Saffanna deserves a smile and some human rights”.

In the film, children use their own artwork to bring to life Saffana’s experience of being forced to abandon her beloved homeland and come here to start a new life from scratch. Her poetry is powerful: she talks about the jasmine flowers in her garden, “contaminated with the smell of gunpowder”; and how “my children’s clothes are still there on the clothes line, waiting for the sun of hope and the wind of love”

The charity behind this film, Maryhill Integration Network, and our partners Saint Fillan’s Primary School and Media Co-op, all feel passionately that refugees are too often misunderstood and marginalised. UNDER THE JASMINE TREE is our way to touch the hearts of the public, to give people an insight into the truth of refugees’ lives, and to let us learn from children.

Our film made a big impact on public opinion, with a broadcast feature on Scottish Television news, a double-page spread in the Daily Record, and over 4.3K views on Facebook.

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