Private Project

DYSPLA_washed up babies

The Golden Dancing Girl in WASHED UP BABIES, is our modern day Psychopomp, escorting Alan Kurdi and all the refugee children that have tragically drowned, onto the afterlife. Her energy gives the living some hope that love may change the world.

In 2015 Abdulla Kurdi lost his wife, Rehanna, 35 and their two sons, Ghalib, 5, and Alan, 3, while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in search of a new home. Alan Kurdi made the news when he was found face down dead on a beach after the inflatable boat he and his family were on, was overturned by large waves. The Kurdi family were fleeing the war in Syria. They were willing to risk their lives in an attempt to find a new place to call home. Their choices were either to stay in Syria and die or risk it all on the open sea for a chance of a better life. This film uses an interview with the father describing his horrifying experiences which is juxtaposed with footage of a 3yo golden toddler dancing on a british beach. The film is a permanent reminder that children belong to all of us and we have a collective responsibility to protect them.

  • Kazimir Bielecki
  • Lennie Varvaries
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, refugee, migrant, dance, experimental, todler
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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Director Biography - Kazimir Bielecki, Lennie Varvaries

bielecki&bielecka are a directing duo who've been creating work together since 2011. As Arts Council England Funded filmmakers, we produce film, installation and live performance defined by social consciousness.

DYSPLA is an award winning arts organisation producing and developing the work of dyslexic + neurodivergent storymakers. We work in film, immersive theatre, installation & digital art. Incorporated in 2013 to shed light on Dyslexic Narrative and the Dyslexic Aesthetic, DYSPLA is at the forefront of research into neurodivergent creativity.

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