Refugees Welcome Film Festival

Dangerous Crossings – The making of a campaign 2017, R: Ismail Elmokadem, 20 Min, OmeU;

Strange guests 2017, R: Eva van Pelt, 14 Min, OmeU;

Change of perspective – My new life 2018, R: Tresor Ilunga, Dayana Dreke mit Sajad Sheykhi, Mohammad Alshabani, 26 Min, OmeU;

Same drum 2018, R: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, 3 Min, OF;

Bini 2018, R: Erblin Nushi mit Eshref Durmishi, Fjolla Nushi, 20 Min, OmeU (insges. 83 Min)

Dangerous Crossings – The making of a campaign 2017, R: Ismail Elmokadem, 20 Min, OmeU

“Dangerous Crossings” is part of a major campaign by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing to war-stricken Yemen through the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa, highlighting the horrendous conditions and rising risks in Yemen.

The music is arranged by acclaimed Hollywood producer George Acogny and the video is directed by Egyptian film director Amr Salama. Aaarmaanta’s song “Tahriib” sowed the seed for the creation of “Dangerous Crossings”, with the Somali lyrics forming the basis of the chorus. The song marks the launch of the UNHCR Dangerous Crossings campaign and intends to send a key message – to make people think very carefully before deciding to cross to Yemen.

Prominent artists featuring include – Maryam Mursal and Aarmaanta from Somalia, Yeshie Demalash, Dawit Nega and Tadele Roba from Ethiopia, and Hany Adel from Egypt.

"Dangerous Crossings - The Making of a Campaign" is a compilation of the five Behind the Scenes videos intended for distribution on social media, which reveal the writing, rehearsing, recording and filming process of creating an international humanitarian campaign.

Teaser Behind The Scenes:


Strange guests 2017, R: Eva van Pelt, 14 Min, OmeU

This film portrays three Dutch families in different stages of life, who host a refugee for three months via voluntary organization Take Care Bnb.


Change of perspective – My new life 2018, R: Tresor Ilunga, Dayana Dreke mit Sajad Sheykhi, Mohammad Alshabani, 26 Min, OmeU

From the perspective of two young refugees, the short film gives insights into their new everyday life in Berlin away from their home countries and herewith their challenges and hopes.

The short film also shows the encounters between young refugees from an asylum hostel in Hohenschönhausen/Lichtenberg with youngsters from a local youth club - and encourages a dialogue on how encounter projects for integration/inclusion with the participation of all sides can be done better.

The filmmaker Tresor Ilunga Mukuna was once himself a refugee from DR Congo in South Africa and is currently living with his family in Berlin - Germany


Same drum 2018, R: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, 3 Min, OF

A story made in Australia for the whole world. Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds use music to call for all cultures to unite and live in happiness and peace. Sung in four languages: Swahili, Dinka, Kinyarwanda and English, their song delivers a strong message to other newcomers about embracing life in a new country, while never forgetting where you come from.


Bini 2018, R: Erblin Nushi mit Eshref Durmishi, Fjolla Nushi, 20 Min, OmeU

At the outbreak of the Kosovo War, six year old Bini is only thinking about his most prized possession, a piece of candy. When suddenly he and his family are packed into a crowded truck and faced with life threatening obstacles, Bini learns that candy may not be the only thing of value he loses that day.

Interview with the director about his personal story:

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