See it from the inside. Knowledge is power for positive changes. Understand the plight of refugee from powerful stories well told.
Since 2007, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been screening the Refugee Film Festival (RFF) in Hong Kong for twelve years. RFF, also hosted in places like Japan, Australia and South Korea, seeks to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and to mobilize support for people who have been forced to flee their homes.
As the refugee crisis captures headlines globally, UNHCR believes that film is a powerful medium to present the general public with new perspectives on a subject too often misunderstood or misrepresented. Bearing witness to the human impact of some of the world’s worst tragedies, filmmakers tell powerful stories to challenge preconceived notions about refugees. Our hope is that the power of art will touch the hearts and minds of the audience, and will help people look at refugees in a new way.
12th Charity Refugee Film Festival (Register now to get special discount!)
Refugee’s predicament is more uncertain than ever. This year, our Refugee Film Festival enters its 12th year, please make an extra effort to get to know their lives, their struggles, their dreams and the urgency of our mission through the chosen films.
The festival will open on June 13, 2019 (Thursday). Proceeds of each ticket can provide ready-to-use thearapeutic food for 2 malnourished refugee children. Please support us now!
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Three movies that representing the journey of refugees will be presented to audiences this year: “Kakuma My City”, directed by Harrison Thane and filmed by Abdul Patient, a talented refugee, demonstrates the beauty of integration between refugees and communities in Kenya. “Easy Lessons” recorded the journey how a refugee model strives for her value between self-identity and fame. And “Capernaum”, featuring a refugee child as main actor and tell the story of children right.
“Kakuma My City” (All screenings consist of a post-screening sharing by Director and the refugee Director of Photographer)
A documentary about Kenyans and refugees building communities of mutual support and respect, as told by the communities themselves. The film follows Anne Nyandeng, a young woman recently arrived from South Sudan, and Ignatius Lokitare, an older, visually impaired man from the Turkana community.
The crew was formed by a group of refugees trainees wishing to tell their stories through the lenses.
Kafia is 17 years old. Two years ago, she fled to Europe, Hungary on her own, escaping from a child marriage in Somalia. She has been living in a state children’s home in Budapest ever since. On the surface, everything seems fine. However, behind that beautiful and confident appearance lies a heavy heart. Her repetitive daily routine revolves around constant dilemmas and self-doubt about leaving behind her Muslim culture and everything else she grew up with.
While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect. Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son, Yonas, being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.
Capernaum is a Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
At box office or www.cinema.com.hk from June 1.
** e-coupon should be showed when purchasing at box office to enjoy the discount. e-coupon is not applicable to online ticketing.
Be a Part of RFF
There are many ways you can become part of RFF and demonstrate that you stand with refugees.
We offer corporate sponsorship opportunities, and also ask organizations to consider our Private Screening Partnership, an innovative program that can also help your organization contribute to our mission in a meaningful manner.
We are also keen to engage with the young generation and community groups, and offer special packages as part of our “R-Connect” Community Engagement Program.
For details & arrangement, please email us at [email protected] .