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UNHCR Korea launches an online platform
UNHCR Korea launches an online platform to showcase six self-produced documentaries UNHCR’s first online film festival kicks off on 20 April as five documentaries feature Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung   SEOUL, Korea, 14 April 2022 (UNHCR) – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, hosts an online film festival for the first time on 20 April to showcase six self-produced documentaries to the public. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Korea and the Korea Refugee Rights Network, a civil group supporting refugees, sponsor the festival. During the film festival, all documentaries are accessible publicly for free until 3 May through a newly launched website (unhcrkoreafilms.com). Under the slogan ‘Stories Behind the Numbers’, the film festival is held online to enable interactions with the audience from around the world without any physical barriers. Since 2017, UNHCR Korea produced documentaries covering stories of refugees and the forcibly displaced in different countries, including Lebanon, Iraq and South Korea.  The six documentaries that will be shown during the festival are as follows: • Limbo tells the story of a Syrian refugee family in Lebanon;• The Unforgotten explores the stories of internally displaced people with disabilities;• Sanctuary is a film that reflects on the lives of Yemeni refugees;• The Displaced focuses on how internally displaced people in Iraq build new lives in camps. • Writing to Reach You explores the lives of four refugees trying to find new lives in South Korea;• Belonging touches on a sense of belonging through the personal stories of refugees, naturalised Korean and Korean foreign adoptees. Aside from Writing to Reach You, all the documentaries feature UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung.  In 2021, Writing to Reach You directed by Neil P. George was officially selected for the International Social Change Film Festival, a global independent film festival with a focus on human rights issues. Along with this successful debut, Writing to Reach You won the Best International Film at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival and was screened at other independent film festivals, including the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival and the Tryon Film Festival.  During the hybrid opening ceremony, which will be held in Seoul on 20 April, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung and Kang Joo-yeon, DirectorGeneral of International Organization Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, deliver virtual congratulatory remarks. Documentary casts for Belonging and director Paul Wu will have an interactive one-hour talk session with the audience to discuss what belonging means. The livestream begins at 14:00 KST on UNHCR Korea's Instagram account.  “Through the six documentaries, we hope to provide an opportunity for more people to understand the lives of refugees and hear the personal stories and experiences behind immigration numbers,” said James Lynch, Representative of UNHCR Korea.   An e-poster for the UNHCR online film festival. For media queries:Suyoung Hwang hwangs@unhcr.orgSaegil Lee lees@unhcr.org​ 
2022/04/20
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