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6th Refugee Film Festival Bangkok 2016


In commemoration of World Refugee Day on 20 June, UNHCR organized the 6th Refugee Film Festival to celebrate the dignity of refugees and promote a deeper understanding of hundreds and thousands of refugees who were forced to flee from their homes as a consequence of war and persecution. This year’s Refugee Film Festival features five quality movies, namely: He named me Malala, Salam Neighbor, Women in Gold, Facing Extinction, Women in Gold, and Boxing for Freedom.

The6th Refugee Film Festival will be held at Paragon Cineplex during 16-20 June 2016

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HE NAMED ME MALALA: The young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young . Malala and her family was forced to flee from her hometown in Swat Valley, Pakistan to be Internal Displaced Person (IDPs) since Taliban occupied the Valley as their base against Pakistan government. The film also recounts the consequence of her return to her home after government declare the fall back of Taliban in Swat Valley and how she miraculously survived after being hunted down and shot by a Taliban gunman as part of the organization's violent opposition to girls' education in the Swat Valley. Malala now become the most outstanding human rights advocacy for education for women and children and later won many awards from her devotion including co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 16, The title refers to the Afghani folk hero Malalai of Maiwand, after whom her father named her. 

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SALAM NEIGHBOR: Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

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BOXING FOR FREEDOM: Sadaf Rahimi a young Afghan girl who been a refugees in Iran and return to her country after the conflict was settled Sadaf Rahimi has made a history by being the first female boxer to be invited to the 2012 London Olympics and being the first female boxer in the national team. But a part from her success Sadaf and her family had faced a various intimidate by her neighbor for being stand up as a woman as well as from Islamic community consequence from being a role model for another Afghan girl.

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WOMAN IN GOLD The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, asking the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II

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FACING EXTINCTION: Christians of Iraq: Christians of Iraq is a heart-wrenching documentary about the current plight of the Christian Minority in Muslim Iraq. This stark and forceful film holds nothing back as it gives voice to just a few of the thousands who are facing persecution at the hands of Islamist extremists. The persecution takes the form of kidnapping, rape, church bombings, barbaric torture and murder. The film estimates that one million Iraqi Christians have been forced from their homes in recent years, some fleeing to the north of Iraq and others taking refuge in nearby countries where they are often unwelcome and forced to live under deplorable conditions. The film also documents the indifference of the Iraqi government to the situation as well as the U.S. government’s refusal to offer refuge to these suffering Christians due to the current interpretation of the U.S. Patriot Act. 

Facing Extinction is a call to action for Western Christians to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters. It gives specific advice on how individuals can lobby the U.S. government to change the current policy and work to end this humanitarian crisis before it is too late.

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