The Locker

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and Don't Panic

6th February 2024 marked a year to the day since devastating earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria, killing more than 56,000 people. The natural disaster gripped the nation, as we saw harrowing images on our social feeds and in the news. This prompted the UK public to donate a staggering £150 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help the survivors - one of the DEC’s most significant fundraising efforts in its 60-year history.

To mark the one year anniversary of the disaster, “The Locker” aimed to serve as a stark reminder of the building back still to be done, whilst also replaying the huge impact public donations had in providing healthcare and many other types of aid to ultimately reinforce future giving.

To really emphasise the individual impact of the earthquakes, the film’s narrative centres around a Syrian neonatal doctor working to help save the lives of Syrian children. Shot entirely from the perspective of her locker, the film tells the story of before, during and after the earthquake, and how those working to save others suffered devastating losses of their own.

The film was screened across UK cinemas, TV, and across Meta and YouTube.