An Iraqi Boy Fleeing Conflict Is Inspired by Rio's Refugee Athletes

Film About Young Boxer Supports #TeamRefugee Movement

Published On
Aug 04, 2016

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As UNHCR launches its own film today focusing on the 10 strong team of refugees competing at the Olympics, the #TeamRefugee movement has created a touching film that shows how the Olympians are already inspiring others.

Created by agency Purpose and directorial duo Lefty at Unit9, focuses on a young Iraqi refugee boxer named Abdullah whose family was forced to flee his country after he was kidnapped and his life threatened. They went first to Turkey by boat, then to Greece before finally making their way to Berlin where they stayed in a camp for months before finding more permanent residence there. The film captures how Abdullah has been inspired by the Olympic refugee team to get even better at his sport in Germany.

The film will appear at the #TeamRefugees website and will also run on social media including Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @TeamRefugees. The #TeamRefugees movement is an initiative led by UNICEF and other partners, including UNHCR, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, the ONE campaign, TheirWorld and World Vision, to test a new collaborative approach to more effectively create positive change for children. It's part of a wider offline movement called Article 26, which was the client behind this film.


Aug 04, 2016
Brand :
Team Refugees
Client :
Team Refugees
Agency :
Production Company :
Director :
Campaign Director :
Lauren Rodman
Creative Lead :
Lauren Rodman
Creative Executive Producer :
Michelle Craig
Executive Producer :
Adam Dolman
Executive Producer :
Rania Hattar
Producer :
Harry Starkey-Midha
Fixer :
Liane Baur
Fixer :
Josh Fruttiger
1st Assistant Director :
Gabi Dazzi
Production Assistant :
Stephen Riera
Production Assistant :
Kilian Hebold
Translator :
Mahmoud Kaddoura
1st Assistant Camera :
Matt Ahl
2nd Assistant Camera :
Max Kleber
Electrician :
Anne Rosch
Digital Imaging Technician :
Max Benjamin
Sound Recordist :
Eduard Jan
Runner Driver :
Eddie Philippsen
Runner Driver :
Gordon Schirmer
Editorial :
Editor :
Will Butler
Assistant Editor :
Grant Hall
Assistant Editor :
Tara Wall
Producer :
Brittany Carson
Head of Production :
Jennifer Locke
Executive Producer :
Carol Lynn Weaver
Post Producer :
The Mill Los Angeles
Colorist :
Derek Hansen
Executive Producer of Color :
Thatcher Peterson
Color Producer :
Diane Valera
Color Coordinator :
Robert Cohen
Visual Effects Company :
Brewster Parsons
Flame Artist :
Graziella Gandolfi
Coordinator :
Katie Denis
Producer :
Jami Schakel
Executive Producer :
Darcy Parsons
Executive Producer :
Jason Cohon
Sound/Mix :
Lime Studios
Audio Mixer :
Tom Paolantonio
Executive Producer :
Susie Boyajan
Music :
Hook & Line
Composer :
Bryan Senti

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