Films shown at the festival explore the topic of refugees from various viewpoints, considering its short- and long-term effects on the individual and society. The subjects include routes to Europe and being undocumented.
In conjunction with the screenings, we have invited filmmakers, film subjects and other people who have an interesting approach to the subject to discuss it. Movies by filmmakers with refugee background have their own series called “With Their Own Words” shown on Thursday at 17:30 in Dubrovnik.

Due to the subject matter, the films shown during Refugee Film Festival aren’t suitable for children. The film festival will happen in its entirety in Kino Andorra or Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby.

The schedule can be found on Timetable and Tickets -page.

Tuesday 16.10.2018

Waiting for Barcelona

Tiistai 16.10. 16:30
Directed by Juho-Pekka Tanskanen
Finland, 2018, documentary, 80min
Language: English, Spanish, Wolof
Subtitles: Finnish

Mou is from Gambia and has been living in Barcelona as an undocumented immigrant for years. The movie’s website introduces the movie this way: Waiting for Barcelona depicts a world of dreams and suffering located in the side streets of one of the most popular tourist cities of the world.

I am Dublin

Tuesday 16.10. 18:30
Directed by David Aronowitsch, Sharmarke Binyusuf, Anna Persson, Ahmed Abdullahi
Sweden, 2015, documentary, 80min
Language: Swedish, Somali
Subtitles: English

When Somalian Ahmed arrives in Europe he was fingerprinted. Now he is in Sweden and a so-called Dublin-case.

A Season in France

Tuesday 16.10. 20:15
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
France, 2017, fiction, 100min
Language: French
Subtitles: English

The brothers Abbas and Etienne are from the Central African Republic and apply for political asylum in France. Former French teacher Abbas is trying to survive with his two children by selling vegetables at the market. Abbas and Etienne just wish for peace but are stuck in the bureaucracy of the immigration office.

Wednesday 17.10.2018

Remembering Lampedusa

Wednesday 17.10. 16:00
Directed by Anna Blom and Adal Neguse
Finland, 2018, documentary
Subtitles: English

In October 2013 a boat carrying Eritrean refugees shipwrecked in front of the island of Lampedusa and 368 people drowned. 155 survived. The series of short films tells the story of mass death at the borders of Europe through human experience and memories. International debut of the film.

Unknown Refugee

Wednesday 17.10. 17:15
Directed by Hamy Ramezan
Finland, 2016, documentary, 75min
Language: Finnish, English, Arabic, Persian
Subtitles: Finnish

In the fall of 2015 director, Hamy Ramezan and comedian Ali Jahangiri traveled with refugees, who arrived on the island of Lesvos, through Balkan and to the direction of Finland.

No Road Home

Wednesday 17.10. 19:15
Directed by Markku Heikkinen
Finland, 2017, documentary, 65min
Language: Finnish, English, Swahili
Subtitles: Finnish

Congolese Charles travels to a Rwandan refugee camp to meet his family and writes to his daughter Nadine in Finland from the journey. In his letter, he describes the history of his family, what it means to be a refugee, identity, racism and belonging somewhere.

Thursday 18.10.2018

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Thursday 18.10. 16:00
Directed by Ken Scott
France, USA, Belgium, Singapore, India, 2018, fiction, 92min
Language: English
Subtitles: Finnish

A Bollywood film mixing story and picaresque tale shows how rich Europe reacts to people coming from elsewhere. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir film viewing is organized in collaboration with Power of Film – community film club. The series of communal film clubs will continue through the whole fall in Ohjaamo. These movie clubs are part of ESR financed project and directed particularly to people with residence permits and young unemployed people.

Central Airport THF

Thursday 18.10. 18:00
Directed by Karim Aïnouz
Brazil, Germany, France, 2017, documentary, 100min
Language: English, German, Russian, Arabic
Subtitles: English

Legendary Tempelhof airport in Berlin functions as accommodation for asylum seekers.

Grey Violet – Odd One Out

Thursday 18.10. 20:00
Directed by Reetta Aalto
Finland, 2017, documentary, 54 min
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Finnish

Mathematician, dissident and non-binary artist-activist Grey Violet applies for asylum in Finland.


Thursday 18.10. 20:00
Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Germany, 2015, documentary, 90 min
Languages: Dari, Farsi
Subtitles: English

A film about a young Afghan female rap artist Sonita Alizadeh who lives as an undocumented refugee in Teheran. Sonita knows what she wants and works towards her dreams. The things holding her back are her family’s traditional hopes for marriage and the related dowry. This movie is the concluding movie of the festival.

More information about Short Films I and Short Films II can be found on their own pages. More information about In Their Own Words – series of movies by filmmakers with refugee background – will be published later.