Thousands Mark IOM Annual Global Migration Film Festival in Kenya

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Approximately 6,000 migrants and refugees, alongside 500 students, migration experts, film makers, Government officials, and other members of the public attended five major film screenings and public debates held in Nairobi and at the Kakuma/Kalobeyei Refugee Camp. | Photo by IOM Kenya

From 5 to 18 December 2017, IOM Kenya joined IOM missions worldwide in marking the 2nd annual Global Migration Film Festival, which promotes film screenings and discussions that capture the reality and challenges of migration.
 
Approximately 6,000 migrants and refugees, alongside 500 students, migration experts, film makers, Government officials, and other members of the public attended five major film screenings and public debates held in Nairobi and at the Kakuma/Kalobeyei Refugee Camp.
 
The screenings were held in partnership with the Government of Kenya, FilmAid, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Regional
Mixed Migration Secretariat.
 
“This is a great experience for us. The ‘No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmas’ film has taught me that as a migrant we can contribute positively in the society we live in,” said 16 year old refugee Paul Akong.
 
On 14 December, IOM partnered with UNIC in a screening and panel discussion that brought together 200 university students, migration specialists and film-makers. The panellists highlighted the fortunes and challenges of mixed migration flows including of refugees, labour migrants, students, asylum seekers, smuggled migrants and victims of trafficking.
 
The audience watched ‘It has killed my mother’, a 25 minute movie on the subject of Female Genital Mutilation, directed by Amina Rwimo, a Congolese refugee residing in Kakuma/Kalobeyei refugee camp.
 
Amina moved the hearts of the audience after she recounted her challenges and opportunities as a migrant in Kenya. She was inspired to direct the movie to show the world that a lot of social issues unravel in refugee camps.
 
On 19 December, she won the top prize for Emerging Filmmaker at the Global Migration Film Festival held in New York.
 
“Migrants also have talents. Given a chance, migrants can do a lot with their lives; we should not be side-lined,” she added.
 
The celebrations culminated in Nairobi on 18 December during the International Migrants Day with a screening of “No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmas” and a panel discussion at the Goethe Institute.
 
Young Kenyans who were awarded scholarships to study and work abroad shared their experiences and ideas with others whose backgrounds and viewpoints differ from their own.
 
“I was as able to return back home and put into practice the rare skills I acquired after completing my studies in Germany,” said Anne Nyambura
 
The Director of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Washington Oloo, said that the Government is working on delivering a National Migration Policy for Kenya, supported by IOM that seeks to benefit all categories of migrants.