GLOBAL MIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL 2019

SIDE EVENTS

Youth Film Awards with a special screening of "Climate Limbo"

International School Bangkok (Wednesday, 11 December)

IOM Thailand will have another event for the Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day. We will be hosting a Youth Film Awards event at the International School Bangkok (ISB Cultural Center Theatre). 

Details are the following; 

  • Admission is free
  • We will be screening various student film award winners and "The Climate Limbo"!
  • We will be providing free transportation from Emporium Suites Lobby which departs at 4:00 PM and returns at 8:00 PM. 
  • Refresments will be provided at 5:45 PM
  • Reception will be at 6:00 PM
  • Programme starts 6:30 PM

 

“Better Life Together” Event with a special screening of "Manta Ray"

Theater 3, SF Cinema Robinson, Maesot, Tak Province (Friday, 13 December)

Recognizing the positive contribution that international migration could make to development in countries of origin and countries of destination, the “Promoting Stabilization, Well-Being and Harmony of Myanmar Muslims in Host Communities in Thailand” Project plans to organize the 2nd International Migrants Day event titled “Better Life Together” on 13 December 2019 in Mae Sot District, Tak Province. The event aims to highlight the importance of the diversity that such migration brings and community cohesion that the Project aims to achieve. This will be followed by screening of "Manta Ray". 

Details are the following;

  • Admission is free
  • Soft drink, popcorn and sandwich will be provided. 
  • Reception will be at 8:30 AM
  • Opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 AM

 

 

The Climate Limbo

Directors: Franscesco Ferri, Paolo Castelli, Elena Brunello
Languages: Italian with English Subtitle 
Duration: 40 Minutes

By 2050, climate change-related disasters could displace up to 250 million people. The Climate Limbo explores this indelible nexus between climate change and    migration as a global phenomenon. Through personal interviews and experiences, the documentary analyses climactic trends and its impact on human communities in Italy, Switzerland, Nigeria and Bangladesh. It eventually raises the all-important question of ‘climate refugees’ at a time when climate change is gaining significance at the policy level in national and international spheres.

 

 

Manta Ray

Directors: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Languages: Thai with English Subtitle 
Duration: 105 Minutes

 

Near a coastal village of Thailand, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend's life - his house, his job, and his ex-wife.

Manta Ray is the most anticipated Thai film of the year. The film premiered September 2018 at the Venice Film Festival. It became the first Thai movie to win Best Film in the Orizzonti section.  Manta Ray has been shown in over 50 film festivals around the world, collecting around a dozen more prizes along the way.

 

OVERVIEW

Cinema and Migration - a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.

In celebration of International Migrants Day on 18 December, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is proud to present the fourth edition of the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF 2019). This year’s edition promises to build on the Festival’s continued success with 5 critically-acclaimed and award-winning films. With the generous support of Save The Children (Gold Partner), Embassy of Switzerland (Gold Partner), Embassy of Canada (Film Sponsor) and Embassy of Mexico (Film Sponsor) and the Bangkok Screening Room, the Thailand edition of GMFF 2019 will run for two days from 29 to 30 November at the Bangkok Screening Room and will feature a variety of films. All have received staunch support from their respective directors and were picked to provide a variety of perspectives and celebrate cultural diversity.

From the simple tale of displacement and friendship between a fisherman and a displaced stranger near Thai border to the documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier, each film captures the trials and tribulations, joys and personal moments of those who leave their homes in search of a better life. GMFF 2019 is an opportunity for the world to celebrate diversity and migrants' unique contributions to the communities and countries where they live.

Film has always been used to inform, entertain, educate and provoke debate. In our effort to raise awareness on migration issues amongst everyone, admission will be made free of charge for all screenings, paving the way for greater discussion around one of the greatest phenomena of our time. To watch a film, simply turn up at the Bangkok Screening Room on the day of its screening. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis 30 minutes before the start of each film

 


SCREENING SCHEDULE



ADMISSION & TICKETING

  • All films will be screened at the Bangkok Screening Room. 
  • Admission is free-of-charge for all screenings.
  • Tickets for each film will be released 30 minutes before its screening. (E.g. Tickets for The Tower will be available from 1.30pm on 30 November for the film's screening at 2.00pm.)
  • Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis at the Bangkok Screening Room ticket counter.
  • One person is entitled to one ticket. It will not be possible to obtain additional tickets for your companions if they are not physically present with you.
  • Screening schedule subject to change. 
  • Due to technical constraints, Thai subtitling will be unavailable for most films. Any inconvenience caused is regretted. 

 


GMFF 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION

Angkar

Directors: Neary Adeline Hay
Languages: Khmer and French with English Subtitle 
Duration: 70 Minutes

 

1970s Cambodia saw horrific times of mass migration and massacres, with millions of lives lost. Decades later, those who had fled to France, away from Khmer Rouge’s violence, visit the places where they used to live. Their emotional visit reveals the survival of the perpetrators to the next generations’ indifference and leaves the victims with a bitter feeling of survivor’s guilt. This moving film raises questions surrounding the long-term effects of protecting and empowering victims of conflict and violence, including forced displacement.

This  is a testimony of survival, a tangible document that reconstructs a period in the history of Cambodia that remains untold.

 

Manta Ray

Directors: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Languages: Thai with English Subtitle 
Duration: 105 Minutes

 

Near a coastal village of Thailand, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend's life - his house, his job, and his ex-wife.

Manta Ray is the most anticipated Thai film of the year. The film premiered September 2018 at the Venice Film Festival. It became the first Thai movie to win Best Film in the Orizzonti section.  Manta Ray has been shown in over 50 film festivals around the world, collecting around a dozen more prizes along the way.

 

The Tower

Directors: Mats Grorud
Languages: Arabic with English Subtitle 
Duration: 77 Minutes

 

Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in a refugee camp in Beirut, where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948. One day Sidi gives her the key to his old house, back in Galilee. She fears that he may have lost hope of someday going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she collects her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next and learns about her family’s past.

Mats Grorud’s The Tower offers up a dark if rather accessible depiction of how Israel’s creation in 1948 resulted in the forced displacement of a quarter of a million Palestinians — most of whom have never returned to their homeland.

 

Shelter - Farewell to Eden

Directors: Enrico Masi
Languages: Arabic, Tagalog, English, Italian, French with English Subtitle 
Duration: 81 Minutes

 

Pepsi is an individual in sexual transition looking for safety and a stable job. A former member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Philippines, she escaped from her country in fear of sexual persecution to Gaddafi’s Libya, where she worked as a nurse for 10 years. Pepsi is eventually forced to leave, so she joins the flow of refugees to Europe and is granted asylum in Italy. Forced to keep moving, she continues her dangerous journey to France, where she manages to obtain a new identity and at last finds some stability in her life.

 

Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border 

Directors: Rodrigo Reyes  
Languages: Spanish with English Subtitle 
Duration: 81 Minutes

 

Rodrigo Reyes' provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes on the border, Reyes reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful contradictions of the modern world.  

Purgatorio won the Jury Awards for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival as well as This Human World in Vienna and the Michael Moore Award at Traverse City. 

Presented in Partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in Thailand 


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