Mon 20 Jun

Shelter Without Shelter

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series, Special Screenings

Refugee Week

97 mins

2020 | dir., camera, editor Mark E Breeze | prod., writer Tom Scott-Smith | Colour

Photo: Ⓒ Mark E Breeze – Still from Shelter Without Shelter

Shelter Without Shelter explores the hopes and challenges involved in providing temporary housing for refugees. Filmed over three years, this six-part documentary investigates how forced migrants from Syria were sheltered across Europe and the Middle East, ending up in mega-camps, city squats, occupied airports, illegal settlements, requisitioned buildings, flat-pack structures, and enormous architect-designed reception centres.

Containing perspectives from the humanitarians who created these shelters as well as the critics who campaigned against them, the documentary reveals the complex dilemmas involved in attempts to house refugees in emergency conditions. Based on innovative new research at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, Shelter Without Shelter offers new insights into a universal human experience.

This special screening will include extracts from different parts of the film followed by a panel discussion with director Mark E Breeze and producer Tom Scott-Smith, moderated by Mahmood Ahmed, Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation UK National Committee

Mon 20 June 7.30pm (screening starts at 8pm)
In partnership with

Harvard Club of the UKGoethe InstituteIsmaili Centre London

About our guests

Mark E. Breeze is a licensed architect, Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, the founding Chair of the University of Cambridge Sustainable Shelter Group, and the UK Sustainability Chair at the American Institute of Architects. He is the founder of the award-winning interdisciplinary design-research collaborative Spatial Realities. Mark’s current research examines the concepts, forms, and potential futures of sustainable human shelter, through the mediums of film, architecture, and writing.

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration and a former development practitioner. He specialises in the ethnographic and historical study of humanitarian relief and its impact on the lives of refugees. His book, On An Empty Stomach: Two Hundred Years of Hunger Relief was published in 2020 by Cornell University Press.


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