The power of film to influence, persuade and change minds is one of its most integral qualities. Caroline Tod-Richardson, Festival Co-Director and Project Sponsor, in particular, is determined to produce films that will do just that.
The film Jan, produced by Caroline and her team, is the haunting story of a Bangladeshi refugee and her family, seeking asylum in the UK. The kidnapping of her children in 2004 was only the beginning of her troubles, in a story which raises difficult questions about the asylum-seeker process. This film was made with the kind support of Asylum Link Merseyside and is now being used by Asylum charities to highlight the problems asylum seekers face.