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Deeply human … A relevant, touching, immersive experience … The superb poetic aesthetic provides a singular vision of the subject.”

Éric Moreault, Le Soleil

Sometimes I think not being free will drive me crazy.” Nominated for Best Feature Documentary and Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary at the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards, Wandering, a Rohingya Story offers a poignant and poetic immersion into one of the world’s worst crises. The Kutupalong camp in southeastern Bangladesh is the largest refugee camp in the world, home to more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled ethnic violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Quebec City filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, collaborating with the award-winning photojournalist Renaud Philippe, capture day-to-day life in the camp with images of startling vividness, while the words of Kalam, a young refugee, provide a personal perspective on existence in this desperate nonplace. The documentary’s impressionistic approach and striking beauty render its portrait of a people trapped in stasis and statelessness all the more powerful and haunting, forcefully reminding us that this is a human tragedy in which we are all implicated. In Rohingya with English subtitles.

A sympathetic, informative, and balanced record of a remarkable place and people, whose flight and plight deserve to remain at the forefront of the world’s fickle attention span.”

Neil Young, Modern Times Review

The film avoids the traps of relying on misery, it is on the contrary permeated with a certain poetry, a metaphysical atmosphere … All the photography is extraordinary.”

André Duchesne, La Presse
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All photographs © Renaud Philippe