A Clandestine Journey

"A coming-of-age story in a changing world"

Aemal, 15, embarks on a journey from Afghanistan to England. After many months alone on the road, his destiny changes over night. From being one of over 10,000 unaccompanied minors across Europe, he becomes one of the first 14 to arrive in London as he is granted asylum only days before the destruction of the Jungle (Calais, France).
Now in post-Brexit England, his challenges prove to be far from over.
Did Aemal escape one type of conflict only to find himself inside another?  



Dr. Jonathan Cristol
Executive Producer

Jonathan Cristol is a fellow at the World Policy Institute (WPI) in New York City and a senior fellow at Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement in Annandale, New York. He is a former assistant professor of international affairs and the former director of Bard’s Globalization and International Affairs Program. Dr. Cristol is an expert on international relations theory and national security. He writes frequently for a wide range of publications including CNN, Mic, World Policy Journal and appears regularly in a wide range of international media.
He lives in New York City.


Emine Gozde Sevim

Ms. Sevim is a non-fiction storyteller whose work is grounded in human stories set against contemporary historical narratives. Her award-winning documentary photography, shot in Afghanistan, Israel, West Bank, Egypt, and Turkey, has been featured in media including CNN and the Washington Post. Her first book “Embed in Egypt,” was a finalist for the 2014 MACK First Book Award and published by Kehrer Verlag the following year. Sevim is the first and only Turkish photographer to be awarded a grant from the Magnum Foundation Fund, and she was selected as one of “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” by Photo District News in 2016.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Dr. Spencer Wolff

Spencer Wolff is a Paris-based filmmaker and lawyer whose work to date brings light to the most pressing issues of our time, including the stop-and-frisk policy in the United States (STOP, 2014) and repercussions of the refugee crisis in France (Moving North, 2017 -
co-production with the Guardian).
He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club David Kaplan Award for Journalism, and an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards Honoree for Media and the Arts. A former producer/video editor for The New York Times, Dr. Wolff has published law articles on issues of civil liberty and the right to assembly with New York University, Fordham Law School, and Melbourne’s Macquarie Law Journal.