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Art Alert: Two films from the Global Migration Film Festival at Darb 1718

The screening is part of the festival's programme that extends to several venues in Cairo and Alexandria

Ahram Online , Thursday 6 Dec 2018
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Darb 1718 will screen two films, Together Apart and A Walk on the Tight Rope, within the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) on 9 December.

Through films which cover subjects related to migration such as labour migration and children migration, the festival hopes to pave the way for discussions with the public.

Directed by Maren Wickwire, Together Apart follows the story of Guil Ann and her mother Carren, two of the millions of Filipino overseas domestic workers living in different parts of the world.

They struggle with homesickness, and issues with authorities, as we are taken into their diaspora community.

"These compelling stories will make you consider how many people watch their children grow up on Skype to make sure that they have enough food to eat and money for school," the film's description on the event reads.

German documentary, A Walk on the Tight Rope is directed by Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer. It looks into the asylum application process, as it follows several people trying to navigate through bureaucracy.

It also sheds light on the challenges and moral ambiguities faced by those taking decisions, knowing their actions will fundamentally impact the life of another person.

"By the end of the film you will have questioned your definition of persecution, truth, fear, asylum, and even the nature of compassion," the description reads.

The GMFF runs from 28 to 18 December in Cairo and Alexandria and is organised by The International Organization of Migration as a platform that instigates discussions on migration. Screenings are taking place in Darb 1718, Zawya, Cimatheque, as well as The Greek Cultural Institute, the Netherlands Flemish Institute, and the French Institute in Cairo. In addition to Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Jesuit Culture Center in Alexandria.

Programme:
Sunday 9 December at 7pm
Darb 1718, Kasr Elshamaa street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo

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