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In celebration of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Bangkok Screening Room (BKKSR), is proud to organize and present the First Global Migration Film Festival. Running from 14 December to 18 December, the five day event pays tribute to the unique contributions of migrants to societies.

Six celebrated films capturing the beauty and challenges of migration will be screened. They illustrate the infinite narration of a world on the move—through a language of images and emotions that every culture can relate to. The Film Festival is an official part of the United Nations’ "Together" global campaign to promote diversity and inclusion.

In an effort to raise awareness on migration issues amongst everyone, admission will be made free. Tickets may be reserved online, or in person at the Bangkok Screening Room. Tickets reserved online must be collected 15 minutes before the advertised start time, or will be released to other festival attendees.

Important notice: Due to technical constraints, Thai subtitling will be unavailable. All movies will only be subtitled in English. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

Schedule

 Date Time Film Booking
Wednesday 14 December 18:45 La Salada Unavailable
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Thursday 15 December 18:45 Kakuma - The Invisible City Unavailable
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Friday 16 December  18:45  Guido Models  Unavailable
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Saturday 17 December 16:15  Bolinao 52  Unavailable
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  18:45 Donor Unavailable
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Sunday 18 December 16:15 La Salada Unavailable
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  18:45 La Visa Loca Unavailable
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Films

Kakuma – The Invisible City

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Duration: 74 mins
Year: 2016
Director: Lieven Corthouts
Country: Belgium
Language: French and Dutch with English subtitles.
Genre: Documentary

How to build a home in a place called nowhere? Kakuma refugee camp, built in the middle of the Turkana desert (Kenya), is the fastest growing city in the region. Many of its new arrivals are children sent out of conflict zones by their parents. Against all odds, these children grab all opportunities in the camp to rebuild their life.

 


La Salada

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Duration: 91 mins
Year: 2014
Director: Juan Martín Hsu
Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish with English subtitles.
Genre: Drama

A film exploring the reality of Asian migrants in Argentina, La Salada depicts its characters' experience as one of heart-rending limbo: they're not at home in Argentina, yet they no longer belong to the countries they were born in.

 

Guido Models

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Duration: 68 mins
Year: 2015
Director: Julieta Sans
Country: Argentina, Bolivia
Language: Spanish with English subtitles.
Genre: Documentary
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agwl0Us42fc
Guido Fuentes, a middle aged Bolivian immigrant, runs a modelling agency and academy in Villa 31, the biggest slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Bolinao 52

 

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Duration: 57 mins
Year: 2008
Director: Huu Duc Nguyen 
Country: USA
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles.
Genre: Documentary

Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, millions refugees took the perilous escape across South China Sea to find freedom. Many died of drowning or starvation and thirst. Other lost at sea for days while some were pillaged, robbed and raped by pirates. Bolinao 52 is a long-silenced voice, an unspoken legacy of the Vietnam War - the story of the Vietnamese Boat People.

 

Donor

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Duration: 84 mins
Year: 2010
Director: Mark Meily
Country: Philippines
Language: Tagalog/Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Desperate for money, Lizzie pursues the dark and thankless world of organ donation, hoping for a better life.

 

La Visa Loca

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Duration: 105 mins
Year: 2005
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Country: Philippines
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles.
Genre: Comedy
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4RY-pRK8tk
A Filipino taxi driver who dreamed of obtaining a visa to be able to go to the USA. The plot starts when his visa is denied.