As many people as the entire population of Thailand have been driven from their homes around the world. Which is why the UNHCR's Refugee Film Festival is returning this weekend for the 8th time to raise awareness about the issue by presenting heart-wrenching films about displacement worldwide. This year's screenings take place at Paragon Cineplex and cover stories from Syria, Greece, Iran, and more. For the first time, the festival will also include a short film produced by UNHCR, The Unforgotten, starring South Korea actor and UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Jung Woo-Sung. Here's the full summary of this weekend's programme to help you plan your viewings:
The Invisible City: Kakuma (2016)
Screening: November 23 at 12pm; November 25 at 2:30pm
A documentary by Belgian filmmaker Lieven Corthouts, The Invisible City: Kakuma explores a refugee camp in the middle of the Turkana desert in Kenya. Kakuma is where many parents in surrounding conflict zones send their children, who must try to rebuild their lives on their own while waiting in the hopes of one day being reunited with their families.
69 Minutes Of 86 Days (2017)
Screening: November 23 at 2:30pm; November 25 at 7:30pm
This Swedish documentary follows the seemingly impossible journey of a very young Syrian child who is trying to make her way to Europe to be with her grandfather.
The Unforgotten & 4.1 Miles (2017)
Screening: November 23 at 5pm; November 24 at 7:30pm
Two shorts that will be screened together in the Film Festival, the UNHCR's The Unforgotten captures the story of a mute and deaf nine-year-old refugee in Iraq while the Oscar-nominated 4.1 Miles centres on a Greek coast guard who saves thousands of fleeing refugees from drowning at sea.
Screening: November 23 at 7:30pm; November 24 at 5pm
A multi award-winning film, Sonita tells the story of a young Arghani refugee in Iran protesting child marriage and using music to find her redemption after being sold into marriage by her own family.
Mr Gay Syria
Screening: November 24 at 12pm; November 25 at 5pm
From Turkish director Ayşe Toprak comes a heart-warming tale of two Syrian refugees who are brought together by their similar situations and dream of competing in an international beauty competition.
Every Face Has A Name
Screening: November 24 at 2:30pm; November 25 at 12pm
Filmmaker Magnus Gertten tracks down the survivors of the Holocaust to tell each of their harrowing stories of survival.
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