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13 November 2017

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Global Migration Film Festival: Bringing Stories of Migration to the Silver Screen

Geneva (IOM) - The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the contributions they make to their new communities.

Last year, the film festival took place in 89 countries. This year we anticipate over 100!

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Participatory Video workshop in Malakal, South Sudan, supported by the IOM Development Fund (IDF) and Norcap.

The Second Global Migration Film Festival Gets Underway

Geneva (IOM) – From Guyana in South America to Makati in the Philippines (and many other places in between) filmmakers from around the globe will soon showcase their skills as cinematographers at the Global Migration Film Festival. Organized by the UN Migration Agency, IOM and supported by UN Information Centers worldwide and with the financial support of DHL, the festival will take place in over 100 countries from 5 to 18 December 2017.

The second edition of the annual Festival will explore the challenges and promises of migration, the heterogenous journey of migrants, moving from one location to another, settling for temporary or permanent periods, in search for a better future and economic prosperity, reuniting with loved ones, or fleeing war and despair.

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Djimon: "My legacy for my people exists. I need to tell my story about my worst days. At the end of the day you can never get away from who you are."
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UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” 

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported on IOM findings that Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar are working punishing hours for paltry pay in Bangladesh, with some suffering beatings and sexual assault.
  • Xinhua reported that since August 25 of this year, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that migration experts have called for protecting fundamental rights of all migrant workers in the global compact on migration.
  • Eurasia Review published an Op-ed which noted that a process needs to be established to enable the free and peaceful return of any Rohingya refugee who wants to go home to Myanmar.
  • AP and Sri Lanka’s Hiru News reported that a German newspaper has published a list of 33,293 people who have died attempting to reach Europe.
  • Reuters reported that a group of 25 refugees have been evacuated from Libya to Niger to have resettlement claims processed, in the first operation of its kind from the North African country.
  • Manila Standard reported that the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is ready to respond to any contingency arising in the Middle East to ensure the safety of Filipinos working in the region.


Trending on the Internet

  • The Straits Times reported that several works at this year's German Film Festival looked at how foreigners affect society.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Pacific islanders may be among the first people in the world forced to migrate as a clear result of climate change – but a range of thorny legal obstacles stands in the way of that happening successfully, researchers warned.


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