Young Filmmakers from Spain, Mexico and Jordan Win Top Awards at PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2019
New York – Young filmmakers from Spain, Mexico and Jordan whose films covered the themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia won the top awards at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)’s 11th Awards Ceremony of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, earlier this week (13/11).
With filmmakers ranging in age from seven to 25, the PLURAL+ 2019 International Jury selected three videos for the top awards: Seeking Refuge (Spain) which follows the story of a young refugee girl as she tries to adapt to life in a new country; Tags (Mexico) which explores the issues of discrimination and pre-conceived notions and We are Enough: A Message of Girl Empowerment (Jordan) which examines the expectations placed upon women and girls by society.
In addition, the IOM-UNAOC Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia went to the film Brazilian, But Not Soccer Player (Brazil) which addresses with humour the issue of stereotypes against people from different cities, countries, and cultures.
This year, 25 videos out of a record 1,200+ submissions from almost 70 countries received awards. Young filmmakers came to New York from all corners of the world and had the opportunity to screen their films and say a few words to an audience of more than 200, which included Ambassadors, UN representatives, journalists, filmmakers, and youth. The remaining 21 finalists received awards from the many partner organizations of PLURAL+.
The Awards Ceremony opened with a musical performance by Latin Grammy Award winner Linda Briceño (Venezuela), followed by the screening of the winning videos of the PLURAL+ International Jury Awards.
IOM Director General, António Vitorino, and the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Ángel Moratinos delivered opening remarks and presented awards to the young filmmakers.
IOM DG Vitorino said, “Today, we recognize two powerful forces – youth and film. Combined, they hold the power to bring about positive change, to shift divisive narratives, to promote peace and dialogue – put simply, to make a better world.”
He added, “The videos that we will screen today are evidence of the resilience of young people. These youth filmmakers have not allowed the negative narratives of migration – so popularized in contemporary media – to rob them of their empathy.”
“PLURAL+ provides a space for young people to express their visions on pressing social issues freely,” said High Representative Miguel Ángel Moratinos said. “When you see PLURAL+ videos created by young talents from around the world, you feel optimistic that our complex world will be a better place tomorrow.”
With the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, IOM and UNAOC address objectives 16 and 17 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by empowering migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion and promoting evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration. With increasing interest and participation each year, PLURAL+ has become a premier global platform for youth media distribution.
For the past 11 years, Plural+ has received over than 3,000 video entries from more than 110 countries. Winning videos have been screened at festivals, in schools and at conferences, as well as streamed online and broadcast on television networks around the world.
Watch webcast of the event here.
Watch PLURAL+2019 winning videos here.
For more information, please contact Rahma Gamil Soliman, Mobile: +1 917 515 7454, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org at IOM’s New York Office to the UN, and Thibault Chareton, Mobile: +1 646 306 8780, Email: email@example.com at UNAOC