Karen Katz makes a hit doc­u­men­tary about Burmese refugees

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

PRO­DUCER KAREN Katz has made her first doc­u­men­tary film, and it is com­ing to a screen near you soon.

Ti­tled Mov­ing to Mars, it tells the story of two refugee fam­i­lies from Burma who are given the op­por­tu­nity to start their lives again and re­set­tle in Sh­effield as part of a UN scheme. It will be shown at the 2009 Sh­effield Doc/Fest on Novem­ber 4 and be screened as part of the True Sto­ries se­ries, which show­cases the best of in­ter­na­tional fea­ture doc­u­men­taries, on More4 in Jan­uary.

Ms Katz and her pro­duc­tion com­pany, Coded Pic­tures, fol­low the fam­i­lies on their jour­ney and over the course of their first year in Bri­tain. For­merly at the BBC, Mi­ra­max and Trade­mark Films, Ms Katz says this film was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing to work on. She tells Peo­ple: “Hav­ing ac­cess to th­ese two amaz­ing fam­i­lies has been fas­ci­nat­ing: see­ing the highs and lows, prob­lems they en­counter and how the UK re­sponds to them.”

She points out the par­al­lel be­tween the im­mi­grants and Jewish refugees. “I think this as­pect of re­mem­ber­ing im­mi­grants drew me to the film in some way.” The fam­ily’s sto­ries give a unique in­sight into the ex­pe­ri­ences of dis­placed peo­ple in the UK, while show­ing the hu­man con­se­quences of Burma’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.

Lon­don­based Ms Katz be­gan her in­dus­try ca­reer as an as­sis­tant to Paul Ha­mann, then head of BBC Doc­u­men­taries. Af­ter ten years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of ac­qui­si­tions, sales and de­vel­op­ment at Mi­ra­max and Trade­mark Films, she es­tab­lished her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, Coded Pic­tures.

Mov­ing to Mars is di­rected by Mat White­cross, who co-di­rected The Road to Guan­tanamo.

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