Guest speakers on the panel will be Jeremy Bristow and Negat Hussein.
Jeremy has just returned from a research trip to Bethlehem and the surrounding refugee camps for a potential cinema release documentary on the city. He has filmed in 71 countries including the Middle East and North Africa. He has crossed the border of Iraq in the company of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, crawled through the ISIS tunnels of Mosul, filmed the IDP camps of Kurdistan and interviewed Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Originally from Eritrea, Negat moved to Bristol 16 years ago and has been on a mission to empower refugee communities through the power of food. She works closely with Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB), where she holds a lunch club and alongside this she works with 91 Ways. If that’s not enough, she also has her own catering company Food with a Twist, serving up Middle Eastern and East African food and working with volunteers who can share their cooking skills whilst learning how to run a catering company.
Throughout Negat’s work she uses food as a powerful tool to connect people across the city who might otherwise be isolated. The evocative nature of food can transport them back to their own homeland, instantly making them feel relaxed and comfortable.