Saturday, 13 March 2010
Ok, so I'm bored. Everything is going steady which I'm happy with but I need some pressure to get things done, none of this 3 months business. So I asked for some short briefs to do. This is the first of a few editorials. The article was about an asylum seeker waiting, alone, for approval to stay in the country and get his wife and kids with him. It doesn't give information about where he is from, why he had to flee his country, even how old he is etc but I feel that is unnecessary. No matter who you are or where your from, staying somewhere foreign to you without your friends or family would be stressful and terrifying. Everyone could have great empathy for how trapped he feels. That's why I did this piece in this manner, the article tells of how he watches the world from his flat window, how he can't say what he wants to his family, how memories of his wife and kids is all he has right now, until (if he ever does) see them again. He is bullied, tormented and experiences serious racism and prejudice every day, not to mention the overwhelming fear of the unknown wellbeing of his family. The article ends without any conclusion and potentially, even now, his fate may still be undecided. This article really made me think about the other side of asylum seeking. To fear your own home? To be without the little that you have? To live each day without any closure, just fading hope... gotta remember how lucky we are... as I watch my parents argue over watching Coronation Street or some drama set in the Victorian ages, ignoring the fact that there are a further 4 TVs in the house... wish people would open their eyes.
Any comments on this would be great, really wanted to capture a sense of oppression.