WNY Refugee Film Festival

REFUGEE

REFUGEE

A BUFFALO PREMIER

PART OF THE WNY REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL SLOW ROLL GRAND FINALE: A SYRIAN TRILOGY

 
 

In true Buffalo style, we are ending the WNY Refugee Film Festival with a Slow Roll Grand Finale, featuring a trilogy of films on the Syrian refugee crisis, which remains the world’s largest refugee crisis with more than 5.6 million people displaced and dispersed to surrounding countries and abroad. First up, the extraordinary documentary, Refugee, from the executive producers of Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11.

In 2015, at height of the Syrian war, Raf’aa was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. With her husband Nazem in hospital, and the bombs getting closer to Qamilshi, she fled Syria to find asylum for her family, leaving Nazem, and their two children, Ahmed and Hamoudi, behind. 

They had hoped to reunite in Europe within a few weeks, at least that was the plan. But by the time Nazem and the children left, it was too late. The political climate had changed and the borders to Europe were closing fast. 

Now safe in Germany, Raf’aa is traumatized by what she witnessed on her journey, and prays her children have not endured the same. But Nazem and their children live through their own nightmare in one of the worst refugee camps in Europe. 

Over the next eighteen months, we witness the tenacity of the human spirit as the family fights to be reunited, as a father tries to shield his children from what it means to be a refugee.

  • DOC NYC - Official Selection

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The filmmaker’s mission is to put a human face on the suffering of innocent people caught up in these terrifying events. Refugee does that well.... A credible account of the plight of asylum seekers that ought to open our eyes to the suffering of innocent victims of a brutal war and lend our support to help them.
— Film Threat

Official Site: http://www.refugeedoc.net/

Director: Alexander J. Farrell

Running Time: 87 min.

Languages: Arabic, Kurdish, Greek, German, English

Subtitles: English

Country: UK

Production/Distribution Company: Envoi Entertainment