Question: What do Rachel Weisz, Omid Djalili and Rita Ora have in common?

Answer: They are all refugees.

Their families have all had to flee their homelands and make a new life in a new place.

This Refugee Week, a host of budding refugee-directors are following in their footsteps down the red carpet. They have been working with the arts organisation Cardboard Cameras to create this fantastic stop motion animation.

Check it out and enjoy!

70 young refugees or asylum seekers create stop motion animation

“It’s a film about the welcome we had as refugees.”

Hareg is from Eritrea and attends one of our refugee and befriending groups in Islington.

She says: “We chose a house with a door and someone waving, smiling face, and shaking hands – something to say welcome.”

70 young refugees or asylum seekers create stop motion animation

70 film makers

Altogether, 70 young asylum seekers and refugees were involved in the project.

Over several sessions they learnt storyboarding, design, model-making and camera skills.

Talking about the concepts they chose for the film another young person we spoke to said:

“There was a sad face crying and then it became happy.

“We chose the sad face because to come here many people have suffered a lot so they were sad but after coming here and settling down they change their feelings.”

70 young refugees or asylum seekers create stop motion animation

The backdrops for the animations are photos of the buildings where the young people attend the weekly sessions.

Refugee and befriending services run by the British Red Cross take place each week. You can find them in four locations across London, as well as in various towns and cities across the UK.

The young people have also been working with the British Museum to create artworks and learn presentation skills.

You can hear more from these innovative young people this Saturday, when the animation will be premiered at the museum.