WNY Refugee Film Festival
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About WNYRFF


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Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 2nd Annual WNY Refugee Film Festival website! Our inaugural WNY Refugee Film Festival was a big success thanks to you, our supporters in the WNY community, so we are back with an encore that Buffalo Spree Magazine has designated a “Be There” cultural happening in our city.

When we decided in 2018 to do a very different kind of fundraiser – one that would not only entertain, but enlighten our guests about the global refugee crisis and America’s response to it – a film festival seemed a natural fit in the dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of Buffalo. We are proud that Buffalo is renowned for being a city that has always welcomed refugees and immigrants, and a film festival on refugees is a meaningful and exciting way to celebrate and support their presence in our city.

Our films this season have been curated to reflect the marvelous diversity of both our refugee population and our audiences. And the new scheduling for the film festival - including our special “Slow Roll” Grand Finale trilogy of films on Syrian refugees - is now more accommodating of filmgoers’ busy schedules, too.

By purchasing an Ambassador Film Festival Pass, you'll get a year’s worth of entertainment that also supports our refugee community. Your pass includes a special screening at Shea’s Performing Arts Center with a director-led talkback, a chance to win a great door prize at each screening, and an invitation to our signature Global VIP Reception to celebrate the Grand Finale of our film festival on Saturday, June 13, 2020 featuring delicious food, libations, and international entertainment with a WNY flair.

Plan your date nights with a loved one and purchase two film passes, or buy as a gift for a new grad or the cinephile in your life. Can’t make a film? Give your ticket to a family, friend, or colleague. Purchase a film pass and read our terms and conditions regarding sales and transfers here.

All films are screened in our intimate theater at Journey’s End, conveniently located in the Tri-Main Center in North Buffalo, where there is always ample parking. For more information, have fun browsing our festival website, email us, or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and views on refugee issues and, of course, the film festival.

Proceeds from all sales benefit the many programs at Journey’s End that serve thousands of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and other communities in WNY each year. Please visit our agency’s website to learn more about our vital programs and initiatives for our clients.

Seating is limited, so purchase your JERS Ambassador Film Festival Pass today. Let’s show buffalove to our newest arrivals to the City of Good Neighbors by helping us sell out this season’s WNY Refugee Film Festival, or becoming a sponsor of Buffalo’s signature cultural event on refugees.

See you at the movies!

Sincerely,

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Karen Andolina Scott

Executive Director, Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc.  


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I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts

A special screening 1/17/20 at Shea’s Preforming Arts Center with Director Yusuf Zine

ALL Ambassador Film Pass holders are invited to this very special screening on Friday, January 17, at 7pm at the historic Shea’s Performing Arts Center! I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts will screen in the intimate Smith Theater at 7pm, followed by a talkback with Director Yusuf Zine! Join us for adult libations in the charming bistro beforehand (cash bar).

Yusuf Zine is an actor, writer, director and producer at Innerspeak Media, a creative producing company that focuses on storytelling in film, theatre, and digital experiences. In 2013, he created and starred in a comedy web-series about racial stereotypes in the entertainment industry called 'Fame & Fidelity', which was an official selection at the 2014 Los Angeles Web Festival. After completing his MA in 2018, he directed and produced his first feature documentary film entitled "I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts." Nominated for a Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award, the film follows fourteen Rohingya refugee youth who re-enact their harrowing experiences of the genocide in a live theatre production. Featured in  The Guardian ,  Al-Jazeera , and the  CBC , the film debuted at international film festivals such as the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival and the Global Migration Film Festival - and continues to be screened around the world. Yusuf is now at work on his next feature documentary slated to be announced in 2020. He continues to pursue his acting career while still writing, directing, and producing various projects with Innerspeak Media. The WNY Refugee Film Festival is excited to host Yusuf and his film at the Smith Theatre at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 17!

Yusuf Zine is an actor, writer, director and producer at Innerspeak Media, a creative producing company that focuses on storytelling in film, theatre, and digital experiences. In 2013, he created and starred in a comedy web-series about racial stereotypes in the entertainment industry called 'Fame & Fidelity', which was an official selection at the 2014 Los Angeles Web Festival. After completing his MA in 2018, he directed and produced his first feature documentary film entitled "I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts." Nominated for a Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award, the film follows fourteen Rohingya refugee youth who re-enact their harrowing experiences of the genocide in a live theatre production. Featured in The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, and the CBC, the film debuted at international film festivals such as the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival and the Global Migration Film Festival - and continues to be screened around the world. Yusuf is now at work on his next feature documentary slated to be announced in 2020. He continues to pursue his acting career while still writing, directing, and producing various projects with Innerspeak Media. The WNY Refugee Film Festival is excited to host Yusuf and his film at the Smith Theatre at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 17!


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