One World Refugee Film Festival: Voices from Syria (Virtual Film Screening)

Event Details

To celebrate its 30th anniversary and given the current circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the One World Film Festival (OWFF) will be presenting its first online festival of thought-provoking documentaries. The OWFF’s parent organization, One World Arts, is thrilled to be partnering with The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Canada, Amnesty International Canada, CARE Canada and Oxfam Canada in this endeavour.

The One World Refugee Film Festival’s (OWRFF) program of films and discussions will address a range of issues related to refugees and forced displacement globally, and it will take place over a two-week period from December 1st to 14th, 2020. The festival offers six programs including screening of films on particular themes, as well as discussions such as Q&As, webinars, and panels.

Program 1 is “Voices from Syria” which is presented by UNHCR Canada on December 1st with screenings of the documentaries Harmony After War, Wajd: Songs of Separation, La maison des syriens, and The Rest. A livestream of a conversation with Amar Chebib, the director of Wajd: Songs of Separation will accompany the screening.

Program 2 on “The Rohingya crisis” is presented by Oxfam Canada on December 3rd. The third program on “The situation of LGBTQI+ refugees” is presented by Amnesty International Canada on December 8th. Program 4 on “Refugees and the climate crisis” is presented by CARE Canada on December 10th. The fifth program “Canadians speaking out for refugees” is presented by One World Arts on December 12th. Program 6 on “Memory and the refugee experience” is presented by UNHCR Canada on December 14th marking the 70th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

For over 30 years, the OWFF has been engaging audiences in the Ottawa Region on important social justice issues of local to global concern, relying on the commitment and energy of a small group of dedicated volunteers. This year, the One World Refugee Film Festival will be accessible virtually across Canada at A festival pass is $30 and includes access to all contents over the duration of the festival as well as a one year One World Arts membership. Single program tickets are $10 each. All proceeds from pass and ticket sales will go to charities chosen by each partner organization.

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