Academic journal article Liminalities

Three Places I Never Went to When I Was Alive

Academic journal article Liminalities

Three Places I Never Went to When I Was Alive

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1. In December 2015 a journalist sent me a packet containing 4 hours of high-definition video footage, 21 still photographs, and a 45 minute WAV- encrypted audio file that contained the sound of a man's voice.

2. The journalist included a note in the packet saying the material contained therein was given to him six weeks earlier by a colleague, whom he didn't name.

3. He said the material was in turn passed to his colleague by a 'people trafficker', whom the colleague met on the island of Kos in Greece while working on a story about the 'refugee crisis', which, during the summer of 2015, exploded suddenly across media platforms around the world.

4. A week later the journalist called and asked me if I'd looked at (and listened to) the material he sent.

5. He asked me what if anything I planned to do with it.

6. I told him I was making a film

7. The photographs and audio recording I received were in good condition, but much of the video material was badly degraded.

8. Lacking the technical know-how required to restore it myself, I asked Tom Maine for help.

9. Tom and I finished restoring, editing and grading Three places I never went to when I was alive in May 2016.

10. 'In my opinion, there are two interesting things about this film,' one of my students told me, following the screening I organised in June 2016 at the University of Roehampton.

11. 'First thing. That the film is narrated from the point of view of the kind of person who's spoken about at length in the mainstream media, but whose voice, so to speak, is generally absent from most of the conversations I've heard there. …

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