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The 3rd Refugee Film Festival: Free Admission!

The 3rd Refugee Film Festival: Free Admission!, 20-23 June 2013 at Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok.


Coinciding with World Refugee Day which falls on 20th June, UNHCR is organizing the 3rd Refugee Film Festival from 20-23 June 2013 at Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok. The Festival features award-winning films and documentaries giving voice to seldom-heard refugee stories of hope, despair and resilience. The selected films will provide a rare opportunity for the Thai public to share the stories of refugees who are forced to flee their homes to escape persecution, wars, or conflict.  This year, the Festival showcases four documentaries and films about love, reunion, forgiveness and new beginnings.







Limited seats avialable!




1. Pushing the Elephant

Directed by Beth Davenport, Elizabeth Mandel
USA /  Documentary

Pushing the Elephant tells the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated bycivil war. In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost everything to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged from the suffering,advocating peace and reconciliation. But after helping numerous victims to rebuild their lives, there is one person Rose must still teach to forgive - her daughter Nangabire.

2. In a Better World

2011 Academy Award ® Best Foreign Language Film
Directed by Susanne Bier
Denmark, Sweden / 2010 / 118min / Drama
* Contains violent scenes

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work in an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.

3. Run for Life

International co-production by NHK
Directed by Mladen Matičević
Serbia, Japan / Documentary

It begins with the arrival of three Ethiopian long-distance runners in Serbia. Even if they race well enough, will their dream of obtaining Serbian passports and building careers in Europe come true?

4. War Witch

2012 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear, Best Actress
Directed by Kim Nguyen
Canada / 2012 / 87min / Drama
* Contains violent scenes

Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a child soldier and a rebel. It began when she was 12, kidnapped by the rebel army and forced to kill. Her only escape and friend is a 15-year- old boy who wants to marry her. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, they fall in love.

Screening Timetable at Cinema 11, Paragon Cineplex