On June 17-18, 2006 Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is organizing premier screening on the occasion of the World Refugee Day will take place in "Zhovten" (26 Kostyantynivska Str.) b_82_99_16777215_00_images_content_news_711.jpg On June 17-18, 2006 Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is organizing premier screening on the occasion of the World Refugee Day will take place in "Zhovten" (26 Kostyantynivska Str.)
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We invite everybody to visit the Festival of refugee films!

PREMIERE SCREENING ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD REFUGEE DAY ON 17-18 JUNE 2006 IN THE “ZHOVTEN” MOVIE THEATER

Kyiv, 26 Kostiantynivska St.

Admission is free.

Invitations can be obtained from the movie theater administrator starting from 15 June.

Films will be translated to Ukrainian and shown with English subtitles.

Opening ceremony will start on 17 June at 13.30. Following the official speeches of the representatives of the State Committee of Ukraine for Nationalities and Migration, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, the participants will have a chance to enjoy performance by music band of African refugees, to take part in the charitble trading exhibition of handcrafts by refugee women and women who suffered from trafficking.

Organizer: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Partners: State Committee of Ukraine for Nationalities and Migration, International Organization for Migration, Amnesty International, “Rokada” Charitable Foundation, Ministry of culture of Ukraine, Foundation for Regional Initiatives.

This year Premier Screening will include the following films:

17 June, 13.30

Zozo (Sweden / U.K. / Denmark, 2005)

Director: Josef Fares. Runtime: 103 min

Plot: The story of Zozo, who grows up in Beirut and lives a surprisingly normal life with school and friends despite the civil war raging around him. When catastrophe strikes, Zozo is suddenly forced to cope with life on his own. His only hope is to find his grandparents, who have recently emigrated to the "distant paradise" of Sweden -- to him a completely unknown country.

17 June, 16.00

Asylum (USA / U.K., 2003)

Director: Nigel Roffe-Barker. Runtime: 109 min

Plot: Fleeing persecution and torture in northern Iraq, three young Kurds smuggle themselves into Britain aboard a freight train. Arriving in London they register for asylum but soon experience the first blast of bureaucracy, as their papers are lost in the system. When one of them is detained in prison, the other two flee and hide in a church. So begins a lengthy standoff with the police and immigration officers as the priest offers sanctuary to them and the church becomes the focus of intense media attention.

18 June, 13.50

Unveiled (Germany / Austria, 2005)

Director: Angelina Maccarone. Runtime: 97 min

Plot: Under peril of death the young woman has fled from Iran. In Germany she has no alternative way of avoiding the threat of deportation other than to assume the identity of a deceased co-detainee.

18 June, 15.50

Hotel Rwanda (USA / U.K. / Italy / South Africa, 2004)

Director: Terry George. Runtime: 121 min

Plot: Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda – and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages.

Learn more about refugees and UNHCR activities at www.unhcr.org.ua