Global Migration Film Festival: Migration, Diversity and Social Cohesion

GMFF

This year, the UN Migration Agency, IOM, in Washington D.C. is partnering with NYU Washington, DC to host a screening of Bonjour Ji, an award-winning Canadian short film examining an interplay of (mis)perceptions and hurdles that are part of migrants’ daily experience around the world.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion to reflect on the role of storytelling and art as vehicles for passing on information on migration and migrants themselves. This conversation will include Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ahmed Badr, IOM Youth Ambassador, Veyron Pax Iranian filmmaker and refugee, and Barbara Cupisti, documentary director.

The Film Festival is a partner of Plural+, the UN campaign TOGETHER and USA for IOM. Through this initiative, IOM and its partners aim at changing the negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants.

Meet the Panel

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson

 

Laura Thompson is the Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Prior to this position, Laura Thompson was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. 

Ahmed Badr

Ahmed Badr

Barbara Cupisti

Barbara Cupisti

Veyron Pax

Veyron Pax

Bonjour Ji

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Director:
Satinder Kassoana

Writers:
Satinder Kassoana, Rup Magon, Surjit Pahwa

Producer: 
Surjit Pahwa

Set in Montreal, this is a story about the communication gap between different communities who live and work amongst each other every day. Despite being born in Montreal, Rup Singh, struggles not only with how he is perceived by others, but also with how he perceives them.

14 min., Canada, 2015