Past eventMembersScreening Room

Screening Room: The Journey to Europe

21 February 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Chatham House, London


Ross Kemp, Actor and Documentary Filmmaker

Marta Shaw, Director, Freshwater Films

Mouna Elkekhia, Libya Researcher, Amnesty International

Chair: Elham Saudi, Director, Lawyers for Justice in Libya; Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House



The political instability in Libya in the years following Gaddafi’s removal helped fuel the expansion of the Libya-Italy human trafficking corridor: now the busiest route for illegal migration into Europe. Italian government statistics suggest that more than 180,000 migrants and refugees reached Italy from North Africa in 2016 but the International Organisation for Migration and the UNHCR estimate that nearly 5000 more migrants died or disappeared in the Mediterranean that same year.

The actor and BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Ross Kemp, has produced a documentary for Sky which explores the human stories of the men and women risking everything to get to Europe. Gaining unprecedented access to desert regions run by tribal militias, the film highlights the desperate plight of sub-Saharan migrants who are routinely subjected to torture, kidnap and sexual abuse throughout their arduous journeys. 

The screening will be followed a Q&A discussion, placing some of the themes raised by the film into a wider debate about the reaction to the migrant crisis of authorities in both Europe and North Africa.

Running Time: 54 minutes