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BBC2 orders migrant series from “Exodus” team

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a new series on Europe’s migration crisis from the team behind the award-winning Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (pictured). Produced by Keo Films, the untitled 3 x ...
November 30, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a new series on Europe’s migration crisis from the team behind the award-winning Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (pictured).

Produced by Keo Films, the untitled 3 x 60-minute series will explore the enduring stories of the largest human migrant crisis since World War II and the response from European nations.

Directed by James Bluemel, the film series is set to return to some of the protagonists from Exodus, including 12-year-old Isra’a, a Syrian refugee, Sadiq from Afghanistan and Alaigie from Gambia as they adapt to their new lives, while introducing new characters as they search for safety and freedom.

The docuseries will document the destruction of the refugee camp known as the Calais Jungle in France, while also chronicling forced deportations, new routes into Europe, and the rise of far-right political parties across the continent.

Keo’s William Anderson and Andrew Palmer are listed as exec producers, with Clare Paterson as BBC commissioning editor of documentaries.

The critically acclaimed Exodus: Our Journey to Europe has previously been awarded two Prix Italia Awards, the Liberty – Human Rights Arts Award and, most recently, two RTS Craft & Design Awards.

Exodus was a series of tremendous power, engaging with one of the biggest stories of our age with exceptional filmmaking,” said Patrick Holland, BBC 2 channel editor, in a statement. “I want BBC2 to be the home of documentaries that tackle the complexities of the world we live in and I am delighted that the brilliant team behind Exodus are making this new series for our audience.”

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