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Refugee Blues

Refugee Blues - A Documentary Poem

Refugee Blues - A Documentary Poem

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Set to the verses of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem, ‘Refugee Blues’ charts a day in ‘the jungle’, the refugee camp outside Calais. More intimate and unlike much of what has been seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants’ longing for a better future.


“Refugee Blues” (1939)
written by W. H. Auden

Poem read by
Noah, a refugee

Directed by
Stephan Bookas and Tristan Daws

Stephan Bookas

Tristan Daws

Lajos Pataki

Supervising Sound and Sound Effects Editor
Vladimir Rizun

Re-recording Mixer
Andrey Kireev

Music by

Christoph Zirngibl

Vocals - Shary Osman
Guitars - Giacomo Castellano
Cello - Deryn Cullen
Synths and percussion - Christoph Zirngibl

Mixed by

Jonathan Feurich

Special Thanks to
Sheila Hayman
Françoise Ghestin
Nuria Perez
Domenico Angarano

Truva Music
Volna FX
Knock Knock
Freedom from Torture

Produced by 
Stephan Bookas and Tristan Daws

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