The Immigration Partnership is partnering with the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration - IOM) to host the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Waterloo Region. Launched by the IOM to celebrate International Migrants Day on December 18, the GMFF features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and shows the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.
Many Waterloo Region residents have their own stories of migration. According to the 2016 census, 119,335 residents of Waterloo Region are immigrants. Many others have migrated to other parts of the world.
Ten films will be screened in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo from November 29 – December 18:
· 29 Nov., 7 p.m., Wilfrid Laurier University - Bricker Academic Building (Room 102), Waterloo, The Merger. Hosted By: Canadian International Council Waterloo Region Chapter and Laurier International.
· 30 Nov., 6 p.m., Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Homestories: Three Siblings and A War. Host: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
· 4 Dec., 6:30 p.m., Idea Exchange Clemens Mill, Cambridge, Not Just Football. Host: Idea Exchange.
· 5 Dec., 7 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, The Kitchen of Las Patronas. Host: International Migration Research Centre.
· 5 Dec., 7 p.m., Chaplin Family YMCA, Cambridge, On the Same Boat. Hosts: City of Cambridge and YMCA'S of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo.
· 7 Dec., 6 p.m., Queen St. Commons Cafe, Kitchener, Bushfallers. Hosts: Social Development Centre, Commons Studio, and the Working Centre.
· 12 Dec., 6:30pm., Idea Exchange Old Post Office, Cambridge, The Kitchen of Las Patronas. Host: Idea Exchange.
· 13 Dec., 7 p.m., Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, A Thousand Girls Like Me. Hosts: City of Cambridge, YWCA of Cambridge and Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.
· 14 Dec., 6pm., Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts. Host: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
· 18 Dec., 6 p.m., Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, Kitchener, Abu Adnan. Hosts: City of Kitchener and Belong Steering Group.
· 18 Dec., 7 p.m., Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, Kitchener, Salaam B'Y. Hosts: City of Kitchener and Belong Steering Group.
Entrance is free for all films. Everyone is welcome to watch the films and join in engaging post-screening discussions. Non-English films include English subtitles. Information about each film is available online at: www.immigrationwaterlooregion.ca/WRMigFest