AFF presents: Migration, displacement, hope: Refugee Stories (special program) This year we received multiple submissions from filmmakers from around the globe documenting stories of displacement. From the gut-wrenching to the experimental to the hopeful, we are honored to share these stories with you. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, struggling to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had. From the Yarmouk and Ain El-Hilweh camps, to the streets of Berlin: Refugee Stories shows what it takes to hold onto one’s dreams amidst devastating circumstances.
The shorts include the following:
Here You Are (2017)
USA/Syria, 5 minutes
Engages the post-traumatic stress experienced by refugees after their arrival to their destination.
The Pianist of Yarmouk (2017)
Syria/Palestine/Germany, 14 minutes
Meet Aeham: a classically-trained musician attempting to escape the war in Syria for safety in Europe.
After the Spring (2017)
Germany/Syria/France, 4 minutes
On the streets of Berlin, Ahmad recounts the early days of the Syrian revolution.
A Man Returned (2016)
Lebanon/Palestine, 30 minutes
Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet. Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize (short film) at the 2016 Berlinale.
Through My Eyes: Hani’s Journey (2017)
Lebanon/Syria/Canada, 30 minutes
Follows the journey of blind Syrian refugee Hani Al Moliya from the camps in Lebanon to Canada. Told through his photos, it is a story of triumph against adversity, set against the backdrop of the Syrian war.
After the program there will be a panel discussion with members of the International Rescue Committee.