Cate Blanchett’s ‘Films of Hope’ to watch on coronavirus lockdown
The actor, director and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador recommends six movies for homebound film-lovers during COVID-19 crisis.
Movie lovers on lockdown need look no further. Actor, director and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has today given some inspiring and thought-provoking film recommendations for these uncertain times.
Oscar-winner Blanchett has collaborated with IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, to share her top six #FilmsofHope Watchlist, focusing on films that explore themes around human resilience, isolation and what it means to have hope and a home.
The selection stresses the importance of connecting with others, acknowledges the support people are giving to their local communities, and asks them to remember refugees worldwide who are particularly at risk during the pandemic.
“Just imagine for a moment what it would be like in an overcrowded refugee camp with the threat of COVID-19.”
“Refugees are some of the world’s most vulnerable people; you just have to imagine for a moment what it would be like in an overcrowded refugee camp with the threat of COVID-19 – with limited access to soap and water and where social distancing is virtually impossible,” Blanchett said in a personal home-shot film presenting her Watchlist for IMDb.
“Such families are more vulnerable than ever and the staff at the UN Refugee Agency are staying and delivering.”
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.