A world of refugees on film

movie & TV November 19, 2018 13:00

By The Nation

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or UNHCR is bringing the eighth edition of its Refugee Film Festival back to Bangkok’s Paragon Cineplex this weekend.



The event, which from November 23 to 25, features internationally renowned films revealing the diverse experiences and identities of refugees across the world.

Highlights include “Mr Gay Syria”, a documentary that explores the plight of two gay Syrian refugees as they attempt to participate in an international beauty contest; the Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles”, which follows a Greek coast guard’s attempts at saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea; and the 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 suffers 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”, which tracks down and interviews survivors from German concentration camps, 70 years after they reach freedom.

>> “The Invisible City: Kakuma”, which was filmed over four years and unveils the true dynamics of the refugee camp.

>> “69 Minutes of 86 Days”, which follows a three-year-old Syrian girl making her way to Sweden with her family.

Admission is free to the general public and can be booked via UNHCR’s Facebook page at UNHCR Thailand.

Click the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVe6QilnM-7Q1XQ5KoFOX83BXux-hTOTJmmDRSuN24F00k-A/viewform.