The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration.
Over the years, films have been used to inform, entertain, educate and provoke debate on migration. It is in this spirit that IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in 2016. Cinema and migration have a magical bond stretching back over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies that depicted a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through images that provoked feelings amongst people of every culture.
The GMFF features films and documentaries that capture the promise and challenges of migration and the unique contributions that migrants make to their new communities. The goal of the festival is to pave the way for greater discussion around one of the greatest phenomena of our time. This year IOM is organizing GMFF in 100 countries across the world to show different facets of life, which can in turn help viewers to cultivate deeper empathy for migrants and a better understanding of their realities, needs, perspectives, and capacities. From July 9 – August 9, 2019, professional and emerging filmmakers working in all genres across the world were invited to submit original films, to be screened around the world during IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival.
This year, over 600 films have been submitted for acceptance by the Festival. Prominent and award-winning filmmakers and visual artists as a jury board have selected 30 films to screen in 100 countries around the world.
In Dhaka, IOM Bangladesh with the support of the European Union in collaboration with Dhaka University Film Society is going to organize the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) on 2 December 2019 to be held at RC Mojumder Auditorium, Dhaka University. There will be a day-long event where 15 films will be screened.
Specific objective of the festival
• To use films as educational tools that influence perceptions of and attitudes towards migrants, by bringing attention to social issues and creating safe spaces for respectful debate as well as interaction related issues.
• To innovate a creative avenue for normalizing discussions of migration through storytelling, and it is an advocacy tool that can also draw attention to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thus helping all nations as they work to meet them.
Policymakers, government representatives, students, academicians, researchers, prominent filmmakers, prominent actors and actresses, development partners, UN agencies will join the event. There will be an interactive inaugural session and closing session.
You can join the festival and watch the films for free.