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9TH ANNUAL FILMAID FILM FESTIVAL COMING TO NAIROBI THIS SEPTEMBER

Gerald Langiri
September 13 / 2015

This September, FilmAid is holding its 9th Annual Film Festival in Nairobi and the Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps, focused on celebrating the unique stories of refugees and other marginalized populations. This year’s theme, Home Away From Home showcases the films of young refugee filmmakers from the Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps, taking part in FilmAid’s Film Training Program. The festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers from across the globe to share their own stories on what ‘Home’ means to them.

Home. Is it a place, is it a feeling or is it a Journey?

This year FilmAid Film Festival is expanding over three locations in Nairobi, holding public screenings of our best international and local refugee submissions.

Venues
- 22nd Nairobi Safari Club (Roundtable Panel Discussion & Launch of Sandbox & Sandstorm series)
- 23rd PAWA254 (Film Screenings)
- 24th Michael Joseph Centre (Closing Gala)

We will be at the Nairobi Safari Club on September 22nd to host a panal discussion attended by humanitairan aid workers and top industry professoinals to discuss the theme of Home Away From Home. This will be follwed by the launch of FilmAid’s refugee series; Sandbox and Sandstorm, a six and five part drama filmed in the Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps respectively.

FilmAid will hold the closed-invitation Film Festival Closing Gala on September 24th at the Michael Joseph Centre, where we will screen selected films and have an award ceremony for some of our refugee filmmakers.

Over 50 million people across the globe are displaced and millions more are marginalized and stigmatized. Film is a powerful tool for these communities to tell their own stories and break down the negative and false stereotypes that surround them.

Through the power of film, this year’s festival provides the platform for these stories to be displayed and celebrated. For real-time updates about our 2015 FilmAid Film Festival, please visit us at www.facebook.com/filmaidfilmfestival.

For media inquiries, please contact Bernadette Otieno, Producer. botieno@filmaid.org

 

FilmAid runs comprehensive programs in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, screening films to offer much needed relief and entertainment and, most importantly, providing lifesaving information on health and security issues. FilmAid operates a Filmmaker Training Program in each of the camps, providing young refugees with the skills and equipment to tell their own stories. Each film that FilmAid produces in the camps is also made with full community involvement. Through these programs and others, such as The Refugee newspaper published by FilmAid in both Kakuma and Dadaab, FilmAid is able to provide essential communication services for the refugee community.

For more information about FilmAid International, please visit us at www.filmaid.org

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