Earthlings

  • January 20, 2016

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Borders & Beyond

Taking the Earthlings music band as its point of departure, this short film questions the artificial dividing line between being a refugee and being human.

The amateur music band Earthlings aims to promote the conviviality of refugees whose involuntary journey ended up in the northern part of Cyprus with those who were born in Cyprus through the shared enjoyment of music and the struggle for refugee rights.

Due to the lack of a legal framework for the protection of their rights, refugees in the northern part of Cyprus are struggling to sustain their lives. They are deprived of their fundamental social and political rights. Viewing the world from the perspective of a refugee, “we” as humanity are faced with an important question about the nature of the state while simultaneously being given hints about various sources of the global systemic crisis, which is still going on with ever-increasing intensity.

Alongside the legal struggle to establish a protection mechanism for asylum-seekers, The Refugee Rights Association is also working hard to grant refugees access to their social rights. Music is used as a medium in this respect, to at least provide some solace to transcend the complications of everyday life.

Taking the Earthlings music band as its point of departure, this short film questions the artificial dividing line between being a refugee and simply being human, while exploring the roots of the social-psychological “crisis” that is developing both locally, in the northern part of Cyprus, and worldwide.

Rahme Veziroglu

Rahme Veziroglu is a sociologist, writer and filmmaker currently based in Cyprus. Her approach generally plays with the so-called dividing line between micro and macro relations and draws attention to artificiality of dichotomies.

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Source URL — https://roarmag.org/films/earthlings/

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