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Amnesty International - The Refugee Nation

by Silvio Acevedo
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Being able to call a country our own is usually a big part of who we are. People from other countries can recognize us, we feel part of a large group of people, and there´s a place in the world we can call home. Our interests can be represented by other people of our own in worldwide politics and we share a common history. In a number of ways, we exist and matter through and because of this identity.

By the end of 2016, there were 65,5 million refugees in the whole world. This is people who  get very basic rights, like education, sanitation and the right to work compromised, because they are forced to live in a different country from their own. They are vulnerable, invisible, alone and in danger.

To raise awareness about this issue, Ogilvy & Mather New York had a simple and brilliant idea:  if refugees problems come from the fact that they don´t have a nation of their own, they would create one for them. This is how The Refugee Nation was born.


For this nation to become a tool that could gain visiblity for it´s "population", it needed to have it´s national simbols: a flag and an anthem. Each of them was created by a refugee, and presented in important events and spaces, like the Oscars to the Victoria and Albert Museum.


However, the highest point of the nation's public existence probably was the participation of it´s very own team of athletes in the Olympic Games. In one of the most organized, public and important events of the world, where national teams of all over the globe compete, refugees didn´t just get their voice heard, they could participate like any other country for the very first time.


Credits:
Chief creative officer: Corinna Falusi, Alfonso MarianExecutive creative director: Jon Wagner
Creative director: Bastien Baumann, Artur Lipori, Rodrigo Moran, Caro Rebello, Ricard Valero
Senior executive producer; senior executive director: Akiko Nakashima
Associate creative director: Gil Kuruneri
​Art director; designer: Justin Au
Art director:Arthur Amiune, Eduardo Lunardi, Belén Márquez, Renato Tagliari
Copywriter: Imen Soltani
Additional credits: Senior executive producer; senior executive director: Akiko Nakashima
Composer: Moutaz Arian
Design director: Lucas Camargo
Designer: Yara Said
Director: Raphael Dias, Guilherme Pau y Biglia, Marcelo Vidal
Executive sound producer: Lucas Sfair
Audio: Canja Audio Culture
Production: Asteroide, SquarePixel
Last modified on Monday, 18 June 2018 03:49
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