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Folio 400 – a poetry film to celebrate shakespeare, 400 years on

As part of the celebrations for Folio 400, British film maker Jack Jewers was commissioned to make six film shorts that explore how Shakespeare’s words continue to resonate today. They are all fantastic – check them out. Here's one that resonated with me. Written 400 years ago “The Strangers Case” is an intensely moving speech. It's an impassioned defence of refugees that rings as true today as it did in 1517. The film short uses real footage of refugees at sea and is voiced by Crystal Clarke (Sanderton, Empire of Light) with a stunning central performance from actor Yasin Morad who came to the UK as a refugee.

If you'd like to watch the other films, here are the Vimeo links:


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