Translated by Jesús Ronquillo / Circuito Frontera
Eight short films that seek to humanize migration will be presented at the sixth edition of the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Mexico, which will take place in 14 cities, including Ciudad Juarez.
The event is intended to provide a sample of films with a social focus, in order to make visible the diverse realities experienced by migrants, the challenges they face and their contributions to development.
The municipalities where the event will be held are: Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexicali, Hermosillo, San Luis Rio Colorado, Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Puebla, Villahermosa and Tapachula, in addition to a special screening in El Paso, Texas in the United States.
The event is in charge of the International Organization for Migration (IOM/UN Migration) and will have 35 screenings, and among the free films are: “Home is Somewhere Else”, “Desierto”, “Ya no estoy aquí”, “Paddington”, “Luciérnagas”, “Toshkua”, “Amarillo, azul y rojo”, “Espiral” and the short film “La frontera”.
People who wish to consult the billboard and schedules can enter the following link https://mexico.iom.int/es/festival-internacional-de-cine-sobre-migracion-gmff23
“Through the GMFF, we aspire to honor and celebrate the genuine contributions of migrants to receiving communities, we invite to humanize their stories and consider them as agents of positive change,” said Dana Graber Ladek, IOM Chief of Mission in Mexico, through a press release.
Topics addressed this year include return to communities of origin, integration in receiving communities, disappearances, displacement, irregular migration risks, LGBTIQ+ migration, and family reunification.
Highlighting the participation of children and adolescents, friendly and close content is presented in collaboration with Sesame Street, which will be exhibited in shelters, it was reported.
This event also has the participation of three federal government agencies: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture, in addition to the participation of Cinépolis, film distributors and more than 20 partners contribute to the event.
This event has been organized since 2017 and intends to promote human narratives on migration, combating hate speech, xenophobia and discrimination towards migrants.
Those who wish to attend the film series can consult the program here.