Hope Not Fear: Finding My Way from Refugee to Filmmaker to NHS Hospital Cleaner and Activist (Hardback)Hassan Akkad (author)
BAFTA award-winning film maker, photographer, frontline worker and refugee rights activist Hassan Akkad draws from his own experience to raise awareness and bring people together through the empowering message of kindness and unity.
'I've experienced the best and worst of humanity. I've been detained and beaten, and welcomed and respected. And yet, this story - my story - is one of hope, not fear.'
A frontline covid ward cleaner.
A BAFTA award-winning refugee.
A photographer and filmmaker with an instinct to raise awareness, help and connect.
From the jasmine-scented streets of Damascus to uprisings, protest, torture and being forced to flee his home, Hassan Akkad has experienced the unimaginable. Yet, he still holds on to hope and chooses to see the kindness in humanity every day.
Driven by an unshakeable instinct to raise awareness, help and connect, Hassan describes both his perilous journey to the UK - the subject of his BAFTA award-winning film 'Exodus' - and his life in Syria before the war. Since seeking asylum in the UK, it is this caring instinct and determination that has seen Hassan share not only his experience as a is unique eye-witness as a refugee, but to the coronavirus pandemic, where his documentation of work as a cleaner on a London hospital Covid-19 ward instigated a government U-turn on excluding the families of NHS cleaners and porters from its bereavement compensation scheme.
With his unique storyteller's instinct, Hassan has captured hearts the world over. He bridges national and political divides, his humanity, sense of service and ideals bring people together. Readers of his story in Hope Not Fear will not want to cry, but to campaign because his message of triumphing over adversity by standing together, united in kindness and love, is the single most important message of our time. In this book, he shows us why.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 505 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm
'This book is a vital and timely reminder of the power each of us has to create change in this world when we remember we are part of a global community. Hassan reminds us that hope is not passive: it comes from all of us. Hassan's words and story will stay with me forever. I cried and laughed. My heart was both broken and made whole again through his words. Everyone needs to read this book!' - Mikaela Loach
'What a book! What a story! So full of compassion, courage, and empathy. I learnt so much and feel much better informed.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
'Syria has lost another extraordinary young person in Hassan Akkad. His terrifying and candid account is yet another reminder of how much we gain as a society when we welcome those to whom we owe nothing.' - Emma Thompson
'A journey of hope and connection, of finding humanity in unlikely places and building something for the future. If you're feeling bleak about the way things are going - this will do much to restore your faith.' - Francesca Brown, Stylist
'Hassan Akkad is a remarkable soul with a remarkable story. He not only leads us through his own physical and emotional odyssey, but teaches us about our own society.' - Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News
'Galvanising and uplifting.' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller
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As my colleague says this books needs to be read. It is a book which will stay with me for a long time. I hope it will bring some hope and kindness to this world.
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