The World is My Home
The 14th International Exile Film Festival
8 – 14 November 2019
This festival edition accepts films in the following program sections:
- 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.
Every day, walls are erected at different national borders to stop people forced to flee, to save their lives and seek protection from hunger, oppression and misery. Dreaming of a boundless human dignified world.
This year's film festival's main theme is "Tolerance". The program focuses on films that deal with hardship against ethnic, racial, and skin color backgrounds or ethnic groups with different religious, or with different beliefs and the affiliation of different sexualities. The program promotes equality and secular values.
- Alone refugee children / 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 refugees? children received? In the program, the festival addresses this issue through films and seminars.
- 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.
- 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.