Refugee Blues

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Refugee Blues


Director: Stephan Bookas, Tristan Daws
From the poem of: W. H. Auden
Photography: Stephan Bookas
Editing: Stephan Bookas, Tristan Daws
Music: Christoph Zirngibl
Production: Stephan Bookas, Tristan Daws
Year: 2016
Country: UK, France

Running Time: 6’10”

Set to the verses of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem, “Refugee Blues” charts a day in ‘the jungle’, the refugee camp outside Calais. More intimate and unlike much of what has been seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants’ longing for a better future.


Stephan Bookas is a German/American, London based filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. He has shot and directed award winning documentaries and short fiction films across much of the globe. He is currently in postproduction for his first feature-length documentary and in preproduction for multiple international fiction, animation and documentary projects.


Tristan Daws is a London-based, documentary filmmaker. His work has often focused on the marginalised in society, particularly in the field of mental health. He has been commissioned to direct several international documentary productions, and is currently in post-production on his first feature documentary, about the relationship between a young man and his schizophrenic father.