New movie exhibits the resilience tales behind the Refugee Olympics

The trip is a fictional story that illustrates some of the struggles a refugee woman overcame after she was forced to flee her home to avoid conflict. Without ever showing her face, the film shows a story of resilience and hope, which is then transformed into sporting success via the Refugee Olympics.

The film was created by the Don & # 39; t Panic agency and the directing collective Pantera and shot in consultation with two refugee athletes who wanted to compete in this year's games, Rose Nathike Lokonyen and Asif Sultani, as well as the UNHCR and the UN Refugee Agency. The intent was to create an accurate, if dramatized, depiction of a refugee's journey.

"One of our greatest creative challenges was to make an emotionally impactful film while keeping the protagonist anonymous," says Rick Dodds, creative partner at Don & # 39; t Panic. “We decided to only show their legs, as this makes our film representative of the travels of many refugees. Emotions so often come from a person's face, their expression, the look in their eyes, the words they say, and in this movie we just had a pair of legs.

"We also quickly realized that we couldn't let her run in every single scene, as the film would only have one note. The choreography of her movements, when she walks, turns, stops, sits, became our most important tool. to generate emotions. "

There are currently over 60 refugee para-athletes and athletes training in the hope of participating in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2021. “The story of The Journey is similar to my own and that of my fellow refugee athletes,” says Lokonyen, who was also a member of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Rio 2016, Tokyo. I want to help people everywhere better understand the lives of refugees, and weight training can change lives. "

Agency: Don't panic
Founder: Joe Wade
Creative partner: Rick Dodds
Production company: Anonymous content
Director: Pantera
Editing house: cutting editing
Contribution: time-based art
Sound: string & cans