Refugees feted at FilmAid movie awards

Over 1,500 films of life at the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps considered for the annual awards gala

Refugee filmmakers were awarded laptops and cameras as motivation to continue telling stories of life within the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps.

A gala event which took place on September 28 at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi saw the culmination of the 11th edition of the annual FilmAid festival. A three week long screening event had seen FilmAid media trainees from Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camp showcase their films which centered on life at the refugee camps.

Out of a total 1,500 film submissions at this year’s festival, 15 were selected for screening at the camps and in Nairobi.

Speaking during the gala, FilmAid Executive Director Keefe Mureen said, “We were thrilled with the submissions we got this year, the numbers improved significantly and this shows our commitment and vision of informing, inspiring and empowering refugees and marginalized populations is bearing fruit”.

The theme for this year’s theme festival was “My story My voice Your move” in a move termed by the organisers as a non-confrontational demand for dialogue. The theme also sought to promote a self-confident assertion that refugee voices be included in any dialogue about their lives and their future.

The media trainees also engaged in panel discussions with various stakeholders in the film industry and humanitarian organisations.

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In attendance included FilmAid International Executive Director Keefe Mureen, FilmAid Kenya Country Director Stella Suge, Representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency in Kenya Raouf Mazou, Regional Spokesperson and Communications Office UNHCR Dana Hughes.

Some of the winners from this year’s festival included-

Best Actor

Ali Farah Mohamud – The Discriminator

Best Actress

Jackline Ikuju – Why Me

Best Student Fiction Film

Why Me

Best Student Non-Fiction Film

The Other Dadaab

Best Sound

Aden Abdullahi Abdi – The Other Dadaab

Best Script

Gang Nyabuol Biel – Defying all Odds

Gang Nyabuol Biel receives her award for Best Script

Best Cinematography

Maryan Dahir Adawe – Defying All Odds

Best Editing

Makol Beer- Struggle for Family

Best Director

Rey Egide Bulambo – Why Me

Best International Fiction Film

Are You Volleybal

Best International Non- Fiction Film

You Can’t Hide From the Truth

Best International Emerging Film Maker

Amina Rwimo – It has Killed My Mother

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