The Second Crisis is a groundbreaking documentary revealing the untold story of the devastating impact that the Syrian refugee crisis is having on the most vulnerable people in Jordan.
More than a million Syrian refugees are now estimated to have arrived in Jordan, a country of just 6.5 million.
Rents are tripling, food prices are rising, and water and electricity are becoming increasingly scarce. Many Jordanians can no longer afford to support their families and face eviction from their homes.
With refugees arriving in Jordan every day, the situation is rapidly deteriorating. If the rate of arrivals continues, there will soon be one Syrian refugee for every family in Jordan.
The story of the dramatic impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan is not being told. This documentary will raise awareness of this tragic situation before it’s too late.
Last year I took a cameraman to Jordan to investigate the crisis and to film interviews with the local people most affected.
We met and interviewed families living on the poverty line in the towns of Mafraq and Ramtha in northern Jordan, interviewed aid organisations and government officials, and visited the Za’atari refugee camp – home to 130,000 refugees - and the Jordan/Syria border.
Since we got back, we have produced a 20-minute film telling the story of the crisis in Jordan. You can see a trailer here.
The Second Crisis has been entirely self-funded, and is a not-for-profit venture. The making of the film has been made possible only by the tremendous generosity of the people who have dedicated their time to help make this project a reality.
Now we need a bit of funding to help cover some of these costs and to take the film to the next stage. This means organising a route for the film’s broadcast and distribution, which will enable us to meet our objective of raising awareness of the tragic situation developing in Jordan.
At a conservative estimate the costs so far have been about £25,000.
Funding was not something I thought about a lot when I started this project – I just felt that it was a story that needed to be told. Two friends helped me out right at the start, which helped get us to Jordan, but since then I’ve invested all my savings and taken out loans of more than £10,000 to make the film a reality.
The donations on this site are vital to ensure that after all this hard work the film doesn’t come to nothing. At the moment, my own financial situation means that it is just too difficult for me to give up any more paid work, and this means that I can’t spend the time I need to organise the broadcast and distribution of the film and do all the other work on the film that might be necessary. The money that I raise on this site will enable me to do this. It will also enable me to remunerate some of the people that have worked so tirelessly to make this project a reality.
The costs so far have been about £25,000. About £10,000 of this is in outstanding loans that I have taken out and need to be repaid, and the other £15,000 is in unpaid costs, including the services that my colleagues have provided for free. Then there are the costs going forward associated with getting the film broadcast and distributed.
I am trying to raise a minimum of £15,000 to pay off outstanding debts and create a bit of space to invest a bit more time in organising the broadcast and distribution of the film. Any money we raise above £25,000 would enable us to consider a second filming trip to secure some more footage and produce another edit of the film.
The next steps are to organise a route for the film to be broadcast. I plan to explore three avenues for this. One is for a television release via international and regional broadcasters.
The second is for an independent release of the film, either online, through cinematic screenings, or both. I have already made contact with some freelance journalism organisations, film companies and cinemas that have expressed an interest in showing the film.
The third is to release the film through the aid organisations in Jordan and Syria that are working to help alleviate the refugee crisis in the two countries. The film would help them to raise awareness of the devastating impact of the refugee crisis in northern Jordan, and to raise funds to alleviate the crisis.
All those who contribute to funding this documentary will receive a link to view the film online. For a £100 donation or more, I’ll make sure you’re invited to any screenings. For those who contribute £500 or more there’ll be a ‘Thanks to’ credit at the end of the film. Those who contribute £1,000 or more will get a ‘Special thanks to’ credit. All donations are tax deductible.
You’ll also have the knowledge that you played a role in helping to bring attention to a looming crisis in Jordan that is threatening the livelihood of people who are already struggling to survive.
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