Two Muslim Canadian Documentaries Make the Official Selection of the UN's 2018 Global Migration Film FestivalWritten by Chelby Daigle
The Canadian documentaries "I Am Rohingya" and "Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander" are part of the official selection of the 2018 Global Migration Film Festival.
According to the festival's page, "The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration." The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, launched The Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in 2016."
Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit their films to the festival. "Professional and emerging filmmakers are invited to submit films about the migrant experience according to the established theme: The Promise and Challenge of Migration, and the Positive Contributions Migrants Make to Their New Communities. A committee of international film professionals will select a number of outstanding productions to be screened for a diverse audience: thousands of people in almost 100 countries."
An official GMFF selection in the feature film category, "I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts", directed by Yusuf Zine, follows a group of Rohingya refugee youth living in Kitchener-Waterloo as they develop a play about the persecution of the Rohingya people in Burma.
The film was produced through fundraising through LaunchGood.com, a crowdfunding platform for Muslim projects.
This documentary has also been screened across Canada and internationally.
An official GMFF selection in the short film category, "Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander" directed by Amar Wala, follows Pakistani Canadian Aatif Baskanderi as he returns to Newfoundland and reflects on the impact growing up in this particular Maritime province has had on his identity as a Muslim Canadian.
This film was also produced through the fundraising platform LaunchGood.com and has been screened across North America.
To learn more about the film"I Am Rohingya", visit the website.
To learn more about the film "Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander", visit the website.
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