Vanessa Makes Directing Debut With Refugees

The sight of a Syrian toddler’s lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach was among the horrors that drove Vanessa Redgrave to make her directorial debut with a feature documentary about the refugee crisis, she said. The 80-year-old Oscar-winning actor and political activist, has long campaigned for refugees, but the shocking images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi made her realize she needed to do more. Determined to raise awareness about people fleeing persecution and poverty, death and destruction, she directed a documentary, titled “Sea Sorrow,” funding it herself. “I just felt I must,” she said.

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