Kenyan University Students generate robust discussion on migration at the UNON global migration film festivalTirus Wainaina
In marking the annual Global Migration Film Festival, UNIC Nairobi brought together university students, film-makers and migration experts to watch a film produced by a Congolese refugee which vividly demonstrated the effects of female genital mutilation – a practice she has witnessed first-hand in the Kenyan Kakuma Refugee camp. The screening was followed by a robust panel discussion on challenges of migration.
Amina Rwimo, a Congolese refugee and the Director of the movie screened– ‘It has killed my mother’ was among the panelist in the discussion. She spoke passionately about challenges that refugees face when they try to move from refugee camps to other parts of Kenya. She argued that if refugees were allowed to move freely across Kenya, they would do great things with their lives and would not depend on aid.
“I decided to make this movie, to show that there is a lot that goes on in refugee camps that the world needs to know,” she said. “Given a chance, refugees can do a lot with their lives; they should not be sidelined.”
Amina’s movie which was screened across the world during the film festival is a 25 minutes’ story about female genital mutilation. She is a shining example of someone using her skills and talent in the context that she finds herself – not only to help fellow refugees and migrants, but humanity.
The 2017 Global Migration Film Festival was organized in collaboration with International Organization for Migration, Amnesty International, FilmAid and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat.
The 300 university students were deeply moved by Amina’s story. They expressed interest in learning more about refugees and asylum seekers.
The Global Migration Film Festival was launched by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in 2016. The festival features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.