Just over a year ago…we spent some time in the Jungle with a beautiful producer called Sarah.
She came to me out of nowhere, just as we were needing some help and support with that first film that we were making, totally overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. We had never done anything like this before, never been to a refugee camp, never made a film, never tried to tackle a humanitarian disaster. We were completely out of our depth at the time, thrown right into the deep end after a Facebook post I wrote about the camp went viral and people pledged us money to make this film.
Anyway…as we struggled, I got an email from Sarah offering her help and support. From the beginning she believed in us, supported us, encouraged us and made me feel better about everything.
She sat for hours in Fin’s bedroom, watching through footage, going over ideas and giving us the advice and guidance we so needed. She came to the camp with us and sat with our pal Mohamed as he read us his beautiful poetry, then went over and above to make sure he got the ‘dictionary of literary terms’ he asked us for (to help him continue writing).
All the while, Sarah was quietly fighting cancer.
She didn’t say a word.
Even just a few weeks ago when we spoke, all she talked about was how we could help the situation in Calais and how she wanted to help a doctor friend set up a clinic in Greece.
When I asked her how she was, she just told me she was still fighting, and moved the conversation swiftly on to asking about other friends in the camp.
A few days later…Sarah died.
Yesterday we said goodbye to one of the strongest, bravest people I have met along my journey.
The way Sarah continued to care and give and radiate love to others, regardless of what she was going through herself, is an ultimate inspiration to me.
Your death has reminded me to move forward with positivity and kindness. To have a vision, and to pursue it, despite the odds, and do so with courage and compassion.
Thank you for believing in me, and my family, and our work Sarah.
That light you spread…it shines on still.