Sea of Pictures: Alan Kurdi and how media use images of refugees and vulnerable people

Podcast Transcript

Introduction

The image of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey, is indelible. Nearly two years after his death the image is stuck in the minds of many. Equally harrowing images have passed before our eyes, yet Alan Kurdi is the photo that we remember. The boy who died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe with his family. The photo became a symbol of the refugee crisis and the widespread international apathy up until that moment in time. Sea of Pictures is a documentary that focuses on that image.