Women Uprooted- A short documentary

by Francesca Brotherton-Cottrell in Mawnan Smith, England, United Kingdom

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We aim to produce a short documentary relaying the journeys of three refugee women towards asylum in the UK.

by Francesca Brotherton-Cottrell in Mawnan Smith, England, United Kingdom

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We are a group of final year graduate film students at Falmouth University, Cornwall. As a small, all-female crew, we aim to produce a short, ten-minute documentary relaying the journeys of three refugee women towards asylum in the UK.

We hope to capture these women in their home environment and conduct an interview primarily led by them and the stories they wish to tell. We wish to convey their sense of self, womanhood, belonging and purpose and the ways in which they find grounding in a displaced life, so as to challenge the dehumanising amalgam of immigrants utilised by the media in its political advocacies and campaigns. We will take an experimental approach to our use of imagery and sound to best visualise their words for a greater public, to spark awareness as to the injustices of the UK asylum system, and empathy as to their personal experiences.

We are aware of the precariousness of many refugees' situations, and will follow a 'do no harm approach' in our work, our priority being to deliver the stories expressed by these women in a sincere and dignified manner. 



Originally from Lyon, France, Dominique is a director and cinematographer with a passion for documentary and experimental filmmaking. Her work is strongly influenced by themes of womanhood and transnationalism, personal narratives, as well as dance and the performance arts. She is extremely excited to direct Women Uprooted, and dedicated to make it a platform for women refugees' voices to be heard.


From Staffordshire, Fran has a background in producing, having produced her own projects and working as a production assistant on larger productions. She has also acted as runner on a number of tv productions, most notably BBC's Countryfile. Fran is particularly passionate about the themes that will be explored in Women Uprooted and is sure that working as an all-female crew will be an empowering and positive opportunity. 


Director of Photography

Originally from Stratford-upon-Avon, Ellie is a cinematographer and editor with experience across a variety of films, from narrative shorts and feature films to wildlife and festival documentaries. She is excited to shoot Women Uprooted, keen to work as part of an all-female crew to explore her love for documentary storytelling.



From Sheffield, Grace specialises in both editing and sound design. Her previous works include traditional narratives, experimental shorts, and dance performance pieces, exploring sensitive topics such as sexuality, grief, and body dysmorphia. Grace is excited to venture into documentary and is particularly interested in expressing how female identities evolve.


Sound Designer

From Norway with a passion for sound design, Andrea enjoys experimenting with stories that do not rely purely on visuals. She has worked on various experimental shorts and narratives; most recent being Every Six Hours, a short narrative following two female refugees. Women Uprooted will be Andrea’s first documentary and she looks forward to sharing these women’s stories.


The Budget

We require a small budget in order to cover our main expense; travel and accommodation. We will also use the funds towards any required materials and equipment as well as crew and contributor catering. 

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Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/womenuprooted/

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