Written by Ika Künzel, and featuring a powerful lead performance from Susanne Wolff, Styx is the eighth film in Birds’ Eye View’s ‘Reclaim The Frame’ project – a BFI backed mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films made by women.
Following a screening of Styx, we will host a panel discussion, exploring issues of migration raised in the film. The panel will include:
• Keme Nzerem – Journalist at Channel 4 News, who has reported on the migrant crisis.
• Anne Burggraef – Clinical Director at Solace, a Leeds-based charity which provides support to asylum seekers & refugees.
• Tesfalem Yemane – PhD in Migration Studies at University of Leeds, who spent two years as a refugee in Sudan.
The discussion will be chaired by Oscar-winning producer and Director of Birds' Eye View, Mia Bays.
ABOUT THE FILM
Rike, a keen naturalist and experienced yachtswoman, takes a break from her job as an ER doctor to pursue her dream of sailing to Ascension Islands, the Edenic paradise created under the guidance of Charles Darwin. A few days into her solo odyssey traversing the Southern Atlantic, her boat, the Asa Grey, is engulfed by a violent storm. When the storm finally passes, she is awoken to the unfolding humanitarian crisis of a ramshackle boat overloaded with African migrants slowly sinking on the horizon. With the fate of the migrants becoming increasingly desperate and her SOS calls seemingly unheeded, Rike is faced with an awful moral dilemma.
Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it opened the Panorama Special section, Styx is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, Styx is an astute modern-day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalised suffering.
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