Dozens of film-goers showed up for opening night of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) Global Migration Film Festival. The festival was held at La Dolce Vita Café in Erbil which has a theater and included food and drinks prepared for guests to enjoy while watching the film showings.
The theme of the festival hit home for many of its audience members. Amed Demirhan, a Kurdish American, said the festival was interesting because he has been a migrant and a refugee.
“It’s very important that everybody be conscious and think about the war which has a cost in multiple dimensions,” he said. “Millions of people have been displaced and we should never forget about them.”
The five day event will run from Thursday, December 14 through Monday, December 18 and will present films from 30 countries. The Migrant Film Festival also runs simultaneously in 100 countries worldwide and showcases films that depict the hopes, fears, and challenges that come with migration.
Dr. Salar Osman, General Director of the Ministry of Culture and Youth also spoke at the event.
Photo Credit: Mohammad Abbas/Alliance for Humanity, NGO
Photo Credit for Dr. Salar Osman, General Director of the Ministry of Culture and Youth: Ilham M. Salim