Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rationale For The Festival

What happens when a group of eclectic individuals made up of humanitarians, lawyers, members of civil society and students who all have in common a concern for the refugees’ well being in Egypt come together?

The outcome is Cairo Refugee Film Festival, to be held from June 16 to June 20 at the Rawabet theatre in downtown. The festival, the first of its kind in the region, is a celebration of the power of the human spirit and the courage of refugees from all around the world.

Considering that Egypt is home to a significant refugee population, hailing from all across Africa and the Middle East, a festival of such a kind is extremely relevant and provides a platform to bring together local Egyptians and refugees. The Cairo Refugee Film Festival, held in commemoration of the World Refugee Day, seeks to chronicle the lives, struggles, and achievements of refugee populations around the world from the 1930s to the present day. We aspire to break the Egyptian myth that the refugee movement is an Afro-centric problem and that refugees are always African. Through the medium of film, we aim to sensitize the Egyptian community on refugees’ stories, obstacles and resilience.

Why a Film Festival?

Films give a voice to the voiceless; they can evoke strong emotions and break down barriers. The films for the festival will focus on the narratives of different refugee populations to educate, enlighten and inspire empathy. The audio-visual medium of films will attract journalists, intellectuals, artists and general audiences to attend the functions of the festival and interact with

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