Immersive film events organiser Secret Cinema travelled to Calais on 12 September to set up a screening of Bollywood romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for occupants of the makeshift refugee camps.
Around 1,000 of the total 3,000 to 4,000 refugees living in the camps attended the film showing, which was part of "a global screening protest" to raise awareness and funds for refugees and an opportunity for the audience to escape the harsh realities of the "Jungle" for a few hours.
Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall told Reuters: "We felt a responsibility... to do something to show solidarity with the greatest movement of displaced people since the Second World War." The organisers chose a Bollywood film with Arabic subtitles because "it has no ties", he added.
"I think this film helped us forget our problems in this jungle," one attendee said. "We are happy because we sing and we dance and we saw a long film."
Riggall announced Secret Cinema is planning more screenings at the Calais Camps as well as further cultural events. He said: "We want to make this the beginning of a campaign to bring cultural space to the worst affected regions in the world, most notably the worst refugee camps in the world."