UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Lightbox Entertainment – founded by Academy-awarded producer Simon Chinn and Emmy-winning Jonathan Chinn – to produce a documentary set to explore the stories of four child refugees.
Directed by Jamie Roberts, the tentatively titled War Child (pictured) will highlight the stories of four child refugees – some of whom are unaccompanied by parents – as they escape their war-torn homes in the Middle East and Afghanistan and make their way to Europe.
The film will shadow the children from a refugee camp in Northern Greece as they hide from military and law enforcement while stealthily traveling across closed borders and through hostile countries, and dealing with people smugglers attempting to extort money from them before helping them on their journey.
FremantleMedia International, who has secured the global rights to the film, will introduce the doc to buyers at this year’s MIPCOM market, running until Oct. 20 in Cannes.
Lightbox’s Katie Buchanan, Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn serve as exec producers on the film. It was commissioned by Channel 4′s Amy Flanagan, deputy head of factual, and Siobhan Sinnerton, commissioning editor of news and current affairs.
“In telling this story from the point of view of a group of children, War Child takes a bold and distinctive approach to this important subject,” said Simon Chinn in a statement. “Seeing the refugee crisis from their perspective really brings it home in the most immediate and powerful way.”
“Lightbox has captured a raw, emotional and powerful portrayal of the current refugee situation,” added Angela Neillis, director of acquisitions and development for non-scripted at FremantleMedia International. “The world is facing a huge crisis and through War Child, we can help spread a very important message to viewers around the world.”