• Dodomu

  • Belonging

  • Writing to Reach You

  • The Displaced

  • Sanctuary

  • The Unforgotten

  • Limbo

Sanctuary

  • Director Paul Wu
  • Year 2019
  • Country Djibouti, Malaysia, South Korea
  • Duration 32 mins

Synopsis

The on-going conflict in Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with violence, disease and starvation displacing millions of people. This film traces the journeys that some Yemeni refugees are forced to make: from Djibouti to Malaysia and Korea and the opportunities and reception they receive in each country. Narrated by and featuring UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung.

Director’s notes

The way that refugees are welcomed or not into countries where they hope to find sanctuary differs widely from country to country. Some are embraced and some are rejected. Most refugees that I have met just want the chance to live a normal life: to study, work and contribute to whatever society they find themselves in. I often think of Loza who is featured in this film. This young woman has so much potential but is trapped living in a basic tent, in a refugee camp in Djibouti - think of all that she could contribute if she was just given the chance.