'Of course we were out of our depth. That’s one of the many reasons the jungle was such a disgrace, because we were doing the work of two governments and the world’s major NGOs without any of their budget or resources... and yet most of us had never done aid work in our lives’ - JACK, build team coordinator
Through remarkable and intimate access from filmmaker Thomas Laurance, who spent a year in the Calais Jungle until its eviction in October 2016, On Our Doorstep is a film about the unprecedented grassroots movement of regular citizens who rose to aid thousands of refugees stranded in limbo in the absence of any action by French or British authorities, and with NGOs being blocked by red tape.
Told in parallel with a love story born in the camp between Jack and Annie - two of the Jungle's longest serving and most prominent volunteers - this is the story of what happened when young and inexperienced citizens were left to devise systems and structures to support 10,000 refugees; attempting to make their way unguided through the moral quandaries, blurred lines and frequent grey areas of giving aid to vulnerable people.
We are currently in the edit and raising funds to get this feature documentary over the finish line. Please support us in any way that you can, and we will send you a full HD download of the film upon completion in Winter 2018. If you have any questions or problems making a donation, or for a budget breakdown, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR: Thomas Laurance
PRODUCERS: Jodie Taylor & Safwon Suleyman
EDITORS: Miikka Leskinen & Josh Levinsky
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jerry Rothwell, Christopher Hird & Marilyn Thompson
FROM OUR EXECS:
"On Our Doorstep combines visceral present tense footage with a thoughtful reflection on the events of a year in the Calais Jungle from the perspective of refugees, volunteers, activists. The filmmakers tell a story which is both movingly personal and full of insight into the dilemmas faced by those who came forward - in the face of government inertia - to respond to the refugee crisis." - Jerry Rothwell
"Why make (another) film about the Calais jungle - and why make it now? First, you may have seen endless news reports but actually there haven't been many feature docs about the Jungle. And there certainly hasn't been one like this. This film tells the unvarnished truth about what it was like to be there. What happened to a group of volunteers, who went for a series of very mixed motives, found themselves out of their depths and had to learn fast how to make themselves useful. They felt guilty, they felt elated and two of them fell in love. And why tell this story now? The Jungle may have gone, but the flow of refugees hasn't. We need a film which re-awakes public concern, shows politicians what must be done and helps us all learn from the past. This can be that film " - Christo Hird