Out of the Darkness (1972)

Film details

  • Featuring

    Eric Porter

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    1972

  • Genre

    Documentary

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Synopsis

A film urging the moral necessity of aiding refugees from poorer countries and being a "good neighbour". It also relates the concerns and actions of Christian Aid, and the involvement of the churches in relief and development work, to the Christian faith. In an English town a Pakistani woman has a baby, and a gang of white youths beat up Pakistanis. The scene then changes to Pakistan, with shots of the morning call to prayer and Pakistanis praying. Something of the history and poverty of Pakistan is looked into, with an explanation of the birth of Bangladesh and the fighting which led to ten million refugees fleeing to camps in India. A refugee camp for East Pakistanis and scenes of life in the camp are shown, as the film explains that poverty causes the most misery and the main reason for immigration to Britain is caused by the desire to escape poverty. (The film was shot on the India-Pakistan border at the end of 1971). Christian Aid workers are shown trying to raise money, and the attitudes of people and the church are also considered, the latter sometimes seeming too formal or even uncaring. (16m)

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