Exile Film Festival Program


The World is My Home
13th International Exile Film Festival

17 – 23 November 2017


This festival edition accepts films in the following program sections:

Main Program

- Exile , a Global Experience
The festival’s main program screen films made by filmmakers in exile and other filmmakers living outside their countries. Theme is free.

Special Programs

- Assyrians/Syriacs, a Minority under Pressure
In the current situation, Assyrians in Syria face persecution and terror by Islamist groups, mainly because of their Christian religious faith. They are forced to flee their homeland and many seek refuge in Sweden, not least in Gothenburg.

The festival program take a closer view on their restrained situation through films and seminars.

- Somalis – Image
The Somalis is an oppressed people who due to conflicts, colonialism and globalization flee their home country to obtain protection and the opportunity to live in peace and tranquility.

This program focuses on the Somalis situation, both in their homeland and on the run with a series of documentaries and feature films.

- War – Unaccompanied refugee children
Violence against children has never been so brutal and inhuman in modern human history as it is now. Thousands of children have lost their parents or have lost their lives in the classroom. They are exposed to abuse, to torture, sold as slaves, and even used as soldiers! In the current situation, millions of children escape from wars and military conflicts .
Some of these children have been successful in getting to the West and Sweden to seek shelter. How are these lonely refugee children received?
In the program, the festival address this issue through films and seminars.

- Suburbs
An open scene for films about life in those neighborhoods where the composition of communities is polarized, and problems arise from alienation, segregation, religious phobia and racism. The scene is specifically aimed at young immigrants who are in a vulnerable situation and their marginalization poses a double challenge.
The program screen films about young people who live in the suburbs.


- Odyssey of Cinema – Freedom Odyssey
An open program for films that advocate efforts towards solidarity, human rights, democracy, justice and freedom.

- Focal Points
In this section, we have an open program for films that focus on areas of the world affected by war, conflict, occupation or civil war.

- Another View
Finally, the festival present films made by non-exiled filmmakers about immigrants and people who live in exile, in an attempt to see from another point-of-view: a look from the outside.