IOM launches Global Migration Film Festival in Amsterdam

From 5-18 December IOM is screening an astonishing number of migration related films in over 100 countries, from Sumatra to Sudan, from Dublin to Delhi and from Cairo to Cape Town. The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films to that capture the challenges of migration to a broad audience.

On 7 December the festival came to Amsterdam, where the film Misafir ' A Guest' was shown at the INGITE Conference, organized by SPARK. Film maker Mariam el Marakeshy tells the story of three teen refugees who fled from Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine in search of better lives. They end up in Istanbul, a city which embraced them as 'guests' and not as 'refugees'.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion, hosted by IOM NL, with Melis Kilavuz (IOM Turkey), Ahmad Sufian Bayram (Techstars) and Mohammad Skaik (Spark). The IGNITE conference focused on access to higher education, developing entrepreneurship and promoting sustainable leadership amongst young people in conflict-affected regions.

The IGNITE conference in Beurs van Berlage was well-attended by refugees, entrepreneurs, education experts, the private sector, government and NGO representatives and representatives from international organizations from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.