From the jasmine-scented streets of Damascus to uprisings, protest, torture and being forced to flee his home, photographer, filmmaker and activist Hassan Akkad (Hope Not Fear) has experienced the unimaginable. Following a perilous 87-day journey across Europe to seek refuge in Britain – as captured in his BAFTA award-winning film Exodus – Hassan was thrust further into the spotlight when an impassioned social media post documenting the role of NHS cleaners and porters prompted a government U-turn on excluding these workers from its bereavement compensation scheme. Offering a unique perspective as a refugee working in a London hospital on the frontline of the pandemic, he shares his brave and inspiring story of hope, connection and choosing to see the kindness in humanity against the odds with novelist Elif Shafak (The Island of Missing Trees).

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Hope Not Fear


The Hive

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