Explorathon: Travel on Film

Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow present aspects of their research related to travel and mobility as represented on screen.

Explorathon: Travel on Film

About Explorathon: Travel on Film

Newsreels, clips and short films will play on a loop in the small Victorian cinema in Riverside Museum, covering different perspectives on travel. At 8pm in the café upstairs we will screen the short documentary The Boy on the Bicycle (dir. Stefanie Buonajuti, 28m), in which Ahmed, a 16-year-old Syrian boy, takes us on a bicycle tour through one of the biggest refugee camps in the world, Zaatari in Jordan. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion in which we will address some of the issues represented in the newsreels and short films. We will think about the development of rail and other forms of travel in Britain; the role of travel and exploration in colonialism and the building of the British Empire; women and public transport; disability and mobility; and the politics of travel and migration in the contemporary era, including the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. We will discuss the question: Who gets to travel and who stays at home, and how have these journeys been represented on screen?

In collaboration with Exploration, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, and the Africa in Motion Film Festival.

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