Watch: Cork company produces poignant Christmas ad to help refugees

Watch: Cork company produces poignant Christmas ad to help refugees
Stori Creative, a Skibbereen production company, decided to do something a little different and put their company profits towards a good cause, creating a Christmas ad for the Irish Refugee Council.

Stori Creative, co-founded by Gráinne Dwyer and her second cousin, Fiona decided they wanted to do something a little bit different this Christmas, as Gráinne explained:

"We worked with the Irish Refugee Council this year in casting a part for a short film we made for RTÉ called 'Yellow Bird', where an older woman takes in a refugee to her home after she loses her husband.

"Each Christmas we send out gifts to our clients, and this year as a company, we wanted to give back to those in need instead and spend our company profits making this video for a deserving charity. 

"We hope to raise much needed funds for the Irish Refugee Council who can make a direct impact on those who are in direct provision in Ireland and so that they can continue the tireless work they do."

The cinematic advert entitled 'Letters at Sea' depicts the international humanitarian refugee crisis through the eyes of a child who believes that the refugees he sees on the news are pirates in search of lost treasure. 

The piece was directed by Ignas Laugalis of Stori Creative as a response to the current migrant crisis. 

In the film, we see the imagination of a child take flight, as he sees a group of refugees being rescued at sea, and believes them to be pirates in search of lost treasure. 

He takes to writing to them - and wishes that this Christmas he could join them to help them find their treasure.

Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council lauded the powerful piece Stori Creative have created.

"One of the highlights of our work this year was bringing to Ireland four search and rescue organisations that are saving lives in the Mediterranean. 

"This included meetings with the President, the Tánaiste and a sold out event at Trinity College. 

"In this beautiful film the cold reality of what is happening in the Mediterranean is movingly juxtaposed with David’s desire to help the people he sees on TV and for them to find what they are looking for," he said.

"Funds raised will go directly to support our Law Centre which gives essential legal support to people seeking asylum in Ireland. 

"People who have experienced torture, death threats and violence," Nick continued. 

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