UNHCR’s 8th Refugee Film Festival Shows Diversity Amongst Refugees Worldwide
Bangkok – UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, presents its 8th Refugee Film Festival. The annual festival features award-winning, internationally renowned films, this year revealing the diverse experiences and identities of refugees across the world.
Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include “Mr Gay Syria”, a documentary that explores the plight of two Syrian gay refugees as they attempt to participate in an international beauty contest; Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles” which follows a Greek coast guard’s attempts at saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea; and winner of 19 awards “Sonita”, a story of a young Afghan refugee in Iran fighting against child marriage and seizing her destiny through music.
For the first time, the festival will include a short film produced by UNHCR. “The Unforgotten” featuring UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and South Korean Actor, Jung Woo-sung, who introduces audiences to an internally displaced nine-year-old in Iraq who suffering from hearing and speaking disabilities.
A record 68.5 million people have been driven from their homes worldwide — as many as the entire population of Thailand.
“This year’s films tell us both heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of those forced to flee, said Pia Paguio, UNHCR Thailand’s Officer-in-Charge, “and the power of individuals and communities to change their lives.”
Other films showing in UNHCR’s 8th Refugee Film Festival are:
• “Every Face Has a Name” tracks down and interviews survivors from German concentration camps, 70 years after they reach freedom.
• “The Invisible City: Kakuma” was filmed over four years unveiling the true dynamics of the refugee camp.
• “69 Minutes of 86 Days” follows a 3-year-old Syrian girl making her way to Sweden with her family.
From 23 to 25 November, films will be shown at Bangkok’s Paragon Cineplex.
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