Moving to Mars


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Mat Whitecross (d.) and Karen Katz (p.)
Completed 2009 Runtime 90



Moving to Mars tells the story of two families from Burma who travel from a vast refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border to their new homes in the United Kingdom.

Having accepted that they can never return to their home country, the families are due to be relocated to Sheffield, England. The film depicts their moving and often humorous struggles with twenty-first century Britain, whilst examining their tragic pasts.

Moving to Mars is the debut feature for director Mat Whitecross and producer Karen Katz. Whitecross co-directed The Road to Guantanamo with Michael Winterbottom and edited 9 Songs.

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A fascinating film follows Burmese refugees as they relocate to Sheffield.

The Guardian
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