HOME LOST, HOME FOUND is a short film made by Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières, a student charity supporting the work done by Médecins Sans Frontières.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), sometimes translated from French as Doctors Without Borders, is an international medical association dedicated to providing rapid-response, effective medical relief. In conflict zones, epidemics, and disasters both man-made and natural, their 36,482 members work to universal medical ethics: neutrality and impartiality. These members are made up from doctors, health care staff and a number of other professions who volunteer their time and safety to enable MSF’s objectives, with minimal government assistance.
MSF granted the student filmmakers access to their archive of video and photography, to build up an image of the work done by the organisation. The filmmakers interviewed refugees and migrants living in London who were willing to share their personal experience, while their identities remained protected. In contrast with the footage found in the MSF archive, the filmmakers decided to use reenactment and narration provided by an actor. This provides a layering of ‘truth-telling’ - a documentarian approach overlaid with a fictitious telling of truthful content.
The video looks at the fragmentation caused by conflict: of homes, families and memories. Conflict is inextricably linked to destitution and loss, altering lives and sometimes irreversibly removing the concept of 'home'. The film uses isolated frames, overlaid footage and frantic editing to explore the notion of separation and the loss of home.
The following text was written by one of the interviewees of the film, who did not wish to appear on screen.
"Today, Syria is witnessing grave human rights violations. More than 220,000 people have been killed there to date, and 10 million — the equivalence of half the population — were forced to leave their homes, in addition to the arrests of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, all aside from the fact that over 640 thousand people live under a monstrous siege that deprives them from access to water, food and medical care.
Everyone treats us as though we are from a different planet. We believe the rights that we demand are rights that any human being should be able to enjoy, anywhere on the face of the earth.
Outrage is expressed when rights are removed, and yet refugees’ demands for freedom and safety were received as though absurd or totally unfamiliar.”