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The 7th Refugee Film Festival Featuring “Meet the Director” and a volunteer’s experience working with Syrian refugees

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The 7th Refugee Film Festival Featuring “Meet the Director” and a volunteer’s experience working with Syrian refugees

14 June 2014 Also available in:
(Hong Kong SAR China) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be holding the 7th annual Refugee Film Festival, featuring 6 films, at Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei from 20 June to 25 June in celebration of World Refugee Day. This year we will be kicking off the film festival with an opening ceremony and the screening of award-winning documentary The Suffering Grasses.

Throughout the festival, there will be other sharing sessions, including those with Mr. Eleazar L. Del Rosario, the director of Reel Time: Banished Kids, following the film’s screening. This is Mr. Del Rosario’s first time conducting sharing sessions with the audience. His documentary is about how children of the Philippine island Mindanao, due to civil war, end up drifting to Malaysia, but being denied basic rights, such as education, their plight brings to life the question of “What is your dream?” and given their stark reality, the “stateless” children answer their own question with “Only those who go to school can dream.

Another sharing session is conducted by Ms. Cynthia Scarborough, who will share with the audience her experience volunteering and working with urban refugees from Syria in Jordan. Ms. Scarborough has about 25 years of experience in healthcare, especially in prenatal care, which was her main field of work during her time in Jordan. Both are rare and exciting opportunities for the public to participate in.

“These films and sessions are meant to open the audience’s eyes to the different refugee plights throughout the world with this year’s overarching theme of ‘Millions of Families Dream of Going Home’ as the main takeaway from the film festival,” says Rosina Shing, Fundraising Manager at the UNHCR. “Like the rest of the world with families and homes to go back to, refugees all over simply hope that one day they can experience that again.”

Two of the main sponsors this year are Hoe Hin White Flower Embrocation and Karrie International Holdings Limited. By purchasing a movie ticket, the audience will also be able to help support refugees in achieving their dream of starting a new life.

Tickets for the 7th Refugee Film Festival are already on sale at any Broadway Circuit cinema or on their website at At the same time, there is also an exhibition next door at the Kubrick bc, which showcases stories and experiences of refugees with handmade masks, photographs, short videos, and genuine artifacts that belonged to refugees. Both events are held in adjacent venues, where visitors can enjoy both at the same time.

The 7th Refugee Film FestivalDate: 20 June to 25 June


Venue: Broadway Cinematheque, Yau Ma Tei

Ticket sales begin on 1 June at all Broadway Circuit cinemas.

Sharing SessionMeet the Director Mr. Eleazar L. Del Rosario

Date: 21 June (Sat) and 23 June (Mon)

Time: 9:00pm

Venue: House 4, Broadway Cinematheque

One volunteer in Jordan can make a change by Ms. Cynthia Scarborough

Date: 22 June (Sat)

Time: 5:15pm

Venue: House 4, Broadway Cinematheque

For media enquiry and interview arrangement, please contact us at [email protected] or at (+852) 2388 3278.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.