Director: Enrico Falzetti
Produced by Katarzyna Grabska in collaboration with AMERA Int.
Documentary, 58 min.
Through the prism of an extraordinary life, this documentary explores the achievements of Barbara Harrell-Bond - academic, refugee activist and a life-long advocate of refugee rights.
The film takes us on a personal journey of a not-so-ordinary woman born in a remote town in South Dakota during the Great Depression, and traces her career from her initial engagement with the civil rights in the late Fifties, to her move to the UK in the mid-Sixties where she studied social anthropology at the University of Oxford in the 1960s, and then to her travels in West Africa where she carried out much of her academic research.
Her first-hand experience of the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria in 1980, and the humanitarian crisis in Sudan in 1982, led her to establish the first refugee studies centre in Oxford, of which she is a founding director, and numerous others around the world. A very
strong advocate of legal aid programs for refugees in the Global South, Barbara established a number of these programs including in Uganda, Egypt, South Africa and the UK.
Far from being only an academic, the focus of Barbara’s life-long work has been on refugee rights, and on keeping refugees at the centre of humanitarian interventions. Issues which resonate even more deeply now, in an age in which safe havens for refugees are increasingly being eroded and violations of human rights are on the rise.
Please see the following series of articles for more information about Barbara:
Barbara's profile on Research Gate is also a great insight into her work, you can find it here
2019 - Kampala, Uganda
October, 2019 - University of Warsaw, Poland
August, 2019 – Refugee Law Summer School, Olmulec University, the Czech Republic
July, 2019 – Memorial of Barbara Harrell-Bond, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK
June, 2019 - Nottingham University, UK
10 April, 2019 – Urbino University, Urbino, Italy
March, 2019 - The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
March, 2019 - Oxford Brookes Human Rights Film Festival, Oxford, the UK
March, 2019 - Oxford University, Margrette Hall
2 December, 2018 – The American University of Cairo, Egypt
31 October, 2018 – The VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
22 October 2018 – Amman, Jordan – Prince Hassan bin Talal Foundation
October 2018 – Slupsk, Poland – diversity days
6 September 2018 - French Research Centre, CEDEJ, Khartoum, Sudan
29 August, 2018 – Humanity House, the Hague, Netherlands
22 August 2018 – Duzy Pokoj, the Ethnographic Lab, Diversity Days, Warsaw, Poland
20 August, 2018 – Refugee Law Summer School, Olmulec University, the Czech Republic
15 August 2018 – Brazil, University of Sao Paolo
24 July 2018 – University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference
20 June 2018 – World Refugee Day, Queen Elisabeth House, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, the UK
12 June 2018 – the Institute of International Studies, Erasmus University, the Hague, Netherlands