Refuge In Films is a 3 day festival created by young people from around the world working together to make positive change and challenge the negative media stereotypes about refuge and migration.24th- 26th June 2011 @ BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank.
This year the theme of the festival is 1951! -to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention on Refugees – so please feel free to join us in dressing 1950s style with an international twist!
It will be a wonderful weekend full of films, workshops, discussions, Q&A sessions with directors and curators, inspiration, aspiration and celebration!
Sat 25th June 12pm BFI Studio
Jordi Ferrer &Pablo Guzman
The documentary tells the story of how hundreds of thousands of Saharawis from Western Sahara became refugees in the harsh Algerian desert more than 35 years ago, and highlights the systematic human rights abuses perpetuated by Morocco’s occupational regime in Western Sahara. It shows how all physical expressions of Saharawi identity are forbidden and even the use of the name Western Sahara or the word referendum is a “problem”, El Problema of the unheard Saharawis. Q&A with Danielle Smith
Exile Family Movie
Sat 25th June 13:30 NFT2
Austria 1994 – 2006
An Iranian family living in political exile decides to organise a meeting with their family still living in Iran. They haven’t seen each other for nearly two decades. Despite all the dangers, the long awaited reunion takes place in Saudi Arabia, in a small hotel room. The family members living in exile pretend to be Muslim pilgrims in order to be allowed to enter the holy cities of Medina and Mecca. Q&A with the director Arash T.Riahi.
Architecture of Remembrance. The Memorials of Bogdan Bogdanovic
25th June 2.00pm NFT 3Sat
Architecture of Remembrance – The Memorials of Bogdan Bogdanoc is a documentary on the life’s work of the former mayor of Belgrade, architect and scholar Bogdan Bogdanovi?. It combines his extraordinary biography with a specific focus on his work in former Yugoslavia and Belgrade in particular.
Stories the USA Border
Sat 25th June 2pm BFI Studio
Raul leaves his young family behind in rural Mexico and joins a group of “mojados” who make the brutal desert crossing to the USA in search for work. When the majority of them are caught by la migra, Raul is suddenly alone. Continuing on, he comes across a young, bewildered “gringo” boy in this vast nowhere and his journey takes an unexpected turn. Q&A with the director Jorn Threlfall
A Place without People
Sat 25th June 3:30pm BFI Studio
Set in the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater, the film explores how one of the most famous natural reserves where created following western perceptions about nature radically altering both east African landscape and society. The film focuses on the displaced indigenous people whose voices are rarely heard, and are excluded and antagonized while the tourism industry grows depleting the area’s natural resources.
Sat 25th June 3:50pm NFT2
Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch
The siblings Hassan, Lial and Maradona are successful musicians and break dancers who have lived most of their lives in Berlin’s notorious district Neukölln. Their family of Lebanese origin lives in constant danger of being deported from Germany. In order to secure a residency permit for the entire family, Hassan and Lial plan to use their artistic talents to financially support them. In the meantime, Maradona finds himself in trouble at school and with his siblings and the street life of his mates. Q&A with the protagonists Hassan and Lial Akkouch.
With kind support from the Goethe-Institut London
Refuge in Shorts
Sunday 26th June 12pm BFI Studio
Facilitators: Rayna Nadin & Stuart Shahid Banforth
Short films made by 7 young people from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza a year after the Israeli offensive operation in Gaza; the films explore the impact of the war on their lives. Q&A with the facilitators
Dir: Michelle Coomber
A beautiful observational film about the life and death of the Buriganga River and the migrants who work on it.
Dir, Mark Monti
This dialogue free documentary focuses on the inhabitants of the Mae Refugee camp. Situated on the Thai-Burma border, it is home to more than 50,000 Burmese who have fled the military regime. Although free from dictatorship, Thai authorities guard the camp borders and access to the outside world is forbidden. Q&A with Producer Gigi Berardi and Editor Gary Forrester.
Banned in Lahore, Kite Flying Thrives in Brooklyn where a group of Pakistani Americans Have found a home away from home while still holding on to the threads of their roots. Kite battling is a sport that requires skill, practice, technique, dedication and focus. Every Saturday the kite flyers gather at Dyker Park to battle.
Dir: Orlando von Einsiedel
Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul is a beautiful and moving short film that follows the lives of two young skateboarders from Afghanistan who attend the Skateistan charity project. Juxtaposing the harsh reality of life in Kabul with the hopes and ambitions of the country’s children, the film is a touching ray of light from a country only ever in the news for all the wrong reasons. Q&A with the director Orlando von Einsiedel
Sunday 26th June 2:30pm BFI Studio
Min Sook Lee
Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee’s revelatory emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart explores the rhetoric and realism of the reunification of North and South Through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.
Sun 26 June 4:00pm NFT2
Choco region in Colombia is one of the most bio diverse in the world. It is also where a great part of the Colombian armed conflict takes place. Mama Choco follows Paulina, a displaced mother of 26 children, in her quest to find a place that she and her family can call home in Cali, the third biggest city in Colombia. Q&A with the director Diana Kuellar.