New York Global Migration Film Festival Celebrations

The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration

New York Celebrations

28th November 2018, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street


Concept Note

Cinema and migration have a magical bond stretching back over a century ago when film makers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies that depicted a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through images that provoked feeling amongst people of every culture.

The Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) features films and documentaries that capture the promise and challenges of migration, and the unique contributions that migrants make to their new communities. The goal of the festival is to pave the way for greater discussion around one of the greatest phenomenon of our time.

In celebration of IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), IOM- UN Migration and Fordham University will host screenings from GMFF 2018 feature selections in New York. In addition to the film screenings, there will be a panel discussion on the coverage of migration in the media today featuring filmmakers, academics, and journalists.

From films and tweets to newspapers and television shows, sources for consumption of media are plentiful today. The panel discussions will examine the myriad of ways the media reports on, discusses, and portrays migration and migrants. Filmmaker and GMFF International Jury Member Idil Ibrahim will screen and hold a Q&A on her film SEGA as well.


Guiding Questions

What story is the media telling about migration today and how does this influence and shape the public narrative on migrants and migration? What impact does this coverage have on what policy makers, and migrants themselves think and do? How does the practice of journalism and filmmaking contribute to the coverage? What can media professionals do to ensure that a nuanced approach to discussing migration and migrants is adopted in storytelling?

Film Screenings

1. Abu Adnan: Adnan’s Father

2. SEGA – A film by GMFF International Jury Member Idil Ibrahim

3. The Kitchen of las Patronas


Draft Program

11:00 am – Opening remarks from Brendan Cahill (Fordham) and IOM’s GMFF International Jury Member Idil Ibrahim

11:10 am – Presentation of Plural+ Short Videos

11:20 am - Abu Adnan: Adnan’s Father

11:50 am - SEGA – A film by GMFF International Jury Member Idil

12:20 pm – Lunch Break

12:45 pm – Panel Discussion: The Media Landscape and Migration

1:15 pm –  The Kitchen of las Patronas


*light lunch will be served

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00
Fordham University Leon Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor 113 W. 60th St. New York, NY 10031