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[Oct. 19 (Fri)] Soka University will host and show "UNHCR Refugee Film Festival-School Partners"

October 11, 2018

Soka University will host and show "UNHCR Refugee Film Festival-School Partners" on October 19th (Fri)


Soka University participates in the "UNHCR Refugee Film Festival-School Partners" and for the 13th UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, we will be showing "I am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts". This will be the first time it will be shown in Japan.

UNHCR Film Festival actively holds events to spread the understanding of refugees through the film. We are collaborating with universities and educational institutions as school partners to develop educational activities.
In response to the refugee issues, UNHCR is implementing "Goal 2: Zero Hunger", "Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being", "Goal 4: Quality Education" out 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). The hope for each person to face the refugee issues, the movie will lead to achieving the goal of SDGs, and it was decided to hold the showing at Soka University.
The showing will be held at Global Square's Discovery Hall, as a joint collaboration with the university's student organization promoting the peace movement established by the United Nations "ASPIRE SOKA".

The representative of ASPIRE SOKA Ms. Yuna Koga (Faculty of Law 4th year) said, "At the Film Festival this year, we will be introducing "Rohingya", the most persecuted people in the world. This problem occurring in various places, including Asia, is not a problem far for us. We will put all of our efforts to prepare for this event so that we can provide an opportunity for people to think deeply about the situation and ways of what we can do for the refugee problems."

For those who wish to attend, please fill out the registration form prior to the event.


■Date and time: ①October 8th, 2018 (Monday) 10:30am~12:00pm (first premier finished)

②October 19th, 2018 (Friday) 4:40pm~7:20pm
Admission: Free for all
Venue: Soka University Global Square B1F
Co-organized: ASPIRE SOKA and Soka University
Cooperation: UNHCR, United Nations UNHCR Association, City of Hachioji, Network Tama


Registration Form




【Movie: I am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts】(Documentary)
Director:Yusuf Zine
Country of creation:Canada
Year of release:2018
Length:90 minutes
Language:English with Japanese subtitles
Sharing a title with the award-winning play of the same name, I Am Rohingya chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take the stage in order to depict their families' harrowing experiences during the on-going Burmese genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Leading up to the opening night of their performance, the film takes audiences through the personal lives of the child performers, capturing their struggles as they adjust to their new lives in Canada, and exploring the difficult rehearsal process of recreating scenes of horror. With no prior acting experience, these youth must come together and re-enact the stories of their people in order to show the world that they will not be forgotten.

Contact Information
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Mail Address:publicrelation@soka.ac.jp
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