Ambitious Programme for Global Migration Film Festival in Tajikistan
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Four films will be screened that showcase the promise and challenges of migration, change perception of migrants, and highlight the unique contributions made by migrants to their new communities and to their homelands.
Several other actions will be organized by IOM Tajikistan with cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to mark the International Migrants Day this year. Art and poetry contests, photo exhibition and exhibition of the UN agencies and other international organizations, board games, awareness raising campaigns, mobile theatre shows, TV and radio programs are planned.
Dragan Aleksoski, IOM Tajikistan Chief of Mission, said “We are extremely proud to be running the Global Migration Film Festival for the first time in Tajikistan. Our hope is that the screenings will be followed by lively debates to discuss migration challenges and opportunities, how communities can benefit from this process, and how to make migration journeys safer and easier. The festival provides a great moment and platform to think about strengthening the contact between host countries and communities and people on the move. Migration is not a new concept for Tajikistan, and it is difficult to find anyone in this country whose life has not been affected by migration in some way. We believe, however, that these films will allow us to look differently at our neighbours and friends, and to change perceptions about migration”.