The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cyprus, the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM), the non-governmental organizations “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center, CARDET, the University of Nicosia and the AWARE campaign, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, are organizing a Refugee and Migration film festival. The festival will take place at CINE STUDIO, University of Nicosia, on 12, 13, and15 June 2017 and is supported by the embassies of Sweden, Spain, Finland, Germany and the British High Commission in Nicosia.

Nearly a year after the adoption of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants by the Heads of States and Governments of the UN member states in September 2016, where governments adopted key commitments for the first time at the highest level, including the adoption of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and the Global Compact on Migration by 2018, these two issues are perhaps of the most pressing on the global agenda.

The films that will be screened at the festival are contemporary fiction films and documentaries that reveal various aspects of migration and pinpoint to the problems faced by immigrants today. Among the films featured are “4.1 miles” by Daphne Matziaraki, Aki Kaurismäki’s “Le Havre”, Yasmina Fedda’s “Queens of Syria”,

Anders Helgeson’s and Karin Klintberg’s “Nice People”, and Daniel Carsenty’s “After Spring Comes Fall”. The realistic narratives and stories of the films aim at informing the public about these issues and emphasize the universality of the principles of acceptance and integration.

Every year, World Refugee Day is marked in more than 100 countries through a series of events and activities with the participation of government representatives, members of humanitarian organizations, celebrities, ordinary citizens and refugees.

We look forward to welcoming you to the screenings.