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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

A new documentary from the BBC will look at the realities of travelling across Europe as a refugee. Broadcast in the 9pm on BBC2 across three consecutive nights from Monday, Exodus: Our Journey to Europe gives cameras to people fleeing from war, poverty or persecution, and asks them to tell their stories.  

From the BBC:

Twelve months ago, the production team began giving camera phones to people attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty or persecution. They were prepared to film where regular film crews could not go: on the inflatable dinghies crossing from Turkey to Greece, in the back of lorries entering the Eurotunnel, or on open trucks driven by people smugglers across the Sahara…

…Filmed by both production and the refugees themselves, the result is a terrifyingly intimate yet uniquely epic portrait of the biggest movement of people that Europe has seen since World War II.

The film could be of use to teachers looking at current affairs with a class, in PSHE, Politics or Sociology class. It could also be of use to Media Studies students looking at the changing landscape of factual reporting, as these accounts are told the individuals directly involved in the current crisis.


Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.

You can also access curated clips through our new learning platform.To use the platform, you just need to email your request to era@era.org.uk and we will set-up a login so that you can access the site freely.


Related Links:

Racist Britain (airing on Monday 11th July, on Channel4) is a Dispatches special where Seyi Rhodes investigates the rising tide of racism in post-Brexit Britain. This programme could be used by teachers looking to demonstrate prejudice that refugees arriving in Europe may face.

Ahmad’s unsettling phone call – Clip from Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

Hassan films his perilous boat journey – Clip from Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

Tarek faces the biggest decision of his life – Clip from Exodus: Our Journey to Europe