Side events


PHOTO EXHIBIT > Refugee Hotel

Refugee Hotel is a collection of photographs and oral histories chronicling the arrival and resettlement of refugees’ families and individuals in the United states of America.

A refugee is defined as a person who has crossed a border to escape persecution based religion, political opinion, sexual or ethnic identities. For six years Stabile worked in coordination with the International Organization for Migration and other resettlement organizations around the United States to photograph refugees from Cuba, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East as they set foot on American soil. The first night in America marks for many of them the start of a new life with new possibilites, but also another fatal, definitive step away from home. It is a moment on the cusp between two uncertainties, a present of displacement and an unknown future.

Once “safe”, re-settlers still face the practical and existential challenges of earning a living wage, adjusting to new communities, learning a foreign language, adopting or rejecting new cultural attitudes, and sorting through memories and traumas of the past. A past they were forced to leave behind, without any promise of return.

The exhibition is based on the based on the book Refugee Hotel, by Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, (2012, McSweeney’s/Voice of Witness, San Francisco).



PHOTO EXHIBIT > Syrians in Transit

Alessandra, Marta and Anna decided to report the journey of Syrians across Europe, through a photographic exhibition that puts together images and stories.

In order to recount this journey, they decided to retrace and represent it through three symbolical steps: Sicily – and the city of Catania in particular – as the starting point in Europe; Milan, junction between the south and the north of Europe; and Sweden, in particular the cities of Malmö and Jönköping, as the place that many Syrians choose as their final destination. In these cities they met many Syrians who were traveling across Europe or who had just concluded their journey. They asked them to tell them about this journey in an open interview and they took some pictures to represent their condition at that particular step of their itinerary.

The lack of a unitary policy in welcoming Syrian asylum seekers influences inevitably the dynamics of the trip causing the fragmentation of families, already provoked by war itself. Having to rely on smugglers not only to arrive in Europe, but also within Europe to move from South to North Syrians are divided by the people they travel with.

The theme of the exhibition, extrapolated, can concern the condition of refugees escaping war from anywhere in the world. Today it’s the Syrians; tomorrow it could be people from any other country. To protect the identities of the people we met, there is no direct correspondence between the fragments of stories that we selected and the pictures that accompany them; moreover, all the Syrians we met remain strictly anonymous. Some of the people that we photographed chose to be recognizable in the pictures, and therefore their faces have only been partially covered in the shots.

Through the intersection of stories and pictures, we would like to recount a collective story that, we hope, will allow for a reflection on Europe’s reception and inclusion processes. We believe that the opportunity of choosing the country one wants to live in should be a recognized right and that freedom of movement should be secured in a safe and legal way. In this sense we believe that new national and European policies are needed.

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Thursday, July 7th

13:20-14:30 INTEGRIM session (with Q&A)

Tina Magazzini, “A Coney Island of the mind (I am waiting)” (3’)

Amandine Desille, “Victory Day” (17’)

Georgiana Turculet, “N-either Refugees, N-or guests” (10’)

Cezar Macarie and Voichi Judele, “Nocturnal Lives” (8’)

Stefano Piemontese “To live life” (15’)


15:00-16:00 Session 1, Home making

15:00 Menno de Jong, “Munzur” (9’)

15:10 Nina Saharaui, “A labour of care” (18’)

15:30 Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua, “Barikamà” (5’)

15:35 Teatro dell’argine, “Lampedusa mirrors” (25’)

16:00-17:00 Session 2, Stories of displacement

16:00 Samer Salameh, “Fourth floor after the Nakba” (23’)

16:30 Bruno Rocchi, “Monte Gourougou” (10’)

16:40 Hasan Tanji, “Sweat” (5’)

16:50 Samer Salameh, “Penelope” (4’)

17:00-18:00 Session 3, Journalistic accounts of exile

17:00 Max Harwood and Yahya Abdullah, “Water” (19’)

17:20 Samer Beyhum, “Une histoire syrienne” (13’)

17: 35 Martin Baigorria and Lisa Tormena, “Syrian edge” (20’)

18:00-19:00 Session 4, Borders, encounters, integration?

18:00 Mauro Mondello, “Lampedusa in Berlin” (25’)

18:25 Rachel Duran, “Buzzes from Deusto” (15’)

18:40 Sorayos Prapapan, “Aunti maam has never had a passport” (14’)

18:55 Petra Hueck, “Belgium is a land of opportunities: resettlement in the city of Antwerp” (7’)

Friday, July 8th

13:00-14:30 Film-makers session (with Q&A)

Max Harwood and Yahya Abdullah, “Water” (19’)

Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua, “Barikamà” (5’)

Emiel Elgersma, “Belgium is a land of opportunities: resettlement in the city of Antwerp” (7’)

Rachel Duran “Buzzes from Deusto” (15’)

Luisan Garcia “Koloretako Txoriak” (5’)


15:00-16:00 Session 1, Stories of borders and displacement 

15:00 Bruno Rocchi, “Monte Gourougou” (10’)

15:15 Hasan Tanji, “Sweat” (5’)

15:25 Samer Salameh, “Penelope” (4’)

15: 30 Miko Meloni, “Pastores Andinos” (20’)

16:00-17:00 Session 2, Syrian stories

16:00 Samer Beyhum, “Une histoire syrienne” (13’)

16:15 Martin Baigorria and Lisa Tormena, “Syrian edge” (20’)

16:35 Samer Salameh, “Fourth floor after the Nakba” (23’)

17:00-18:00 Session 3, Womens’ looks

17:00 Nina Saharaui, “A labour of care” (18’) 

17:25 Sorayos Prapapan, “Aunti maam has never had a passport” (14’)

18:00-19:00 Session 4, Migrating through Lampedusa 

18:15 Mauro Mondello, “Lampedusa in Berlin” (25’)

18:35 Teatro dell’argine, “Lampedusa mirrors” (25’)


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Still1‘A Coney Island of the mind’ is a video about how uncreative stereotypes tend to be. Negative connotations of minorities do not seem to change over the centuries; what changes is the scapegoat community. The idea of this short film came from a 1912 document describing Italian immigrants in the US (the Report of the Inspector of Italian Immigration to the American Congress). The parallel between Italian immigrants in the US at the beginning of the 20th century and Roma migrants moving from Eastern to Western Europe nowadays makes for an interesting juxtaposition. The video, filmed in New York in April 2015, plays with the wording of that official US document in which Italian immigrants to the US are described as beggars, thieves, culturally inferior etc. The title is borrowed from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “I am waiting”, part of the collection “A Coney Island of the mind”.

Tina Magazzini is a Marie Curie researcher within the INTEGRIM Network at the Universities of Deusto and Sussex. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Florence (Italy) and a MA in International Relations from the City College of New York (US). Her current research investigates the conceptual and practical strengths and weaknesses of diversity management policies that target the Roma population in Western Europe. She conducted semi-structured interviews with policymakers in Italy and Spain, and took advantage of the Integrim MCN Film School to conduct photo and video elicitation exercises revolving around the concepts of stereotype, racism and discrimination.

VICTORY DAY by Amandine Desille (17’)

amandine 5.23.03 copyOn 17 March 2015, Israelis elect their new parliament. Dr. Boris, deputy mayor and representative of the nationalist immigrant party Israel Beitenu, runs the local campaign in the small city of Kiryat Shmona, located some kilometers away from Lebanon and Syria. Dr. Boris confronts his fellow residents, as he tries to convince them to vote for Israel Beitenu’s leader Avigdor Lieberman. Each little scene reflects the stratification of the Israeli society, along religion, ethnicity, language and class. The movie also reveals the slow agony of Israel Beitenu, which supporters age, leave and question the legitimacy of an immigrant party, 25 years after the great immigration from the Former Soviet Union.

Amandine Desille is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network, a PhD student at Migrinter at University of Poitiers (France), and a PhD student at the School of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University (Israel). Her research focuses on local policies for the integration of Jewish immigrants designed by four municipalities in peripheral Israel. Amandine left her native country, France, to pursue her BA in international business management at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (China). These three years cemented her interest for immigration, economic development as well as international cooperation. Following this experience, she completed her Masters in Science of Population and Development at the University of Liege (Belgium), writing her dissertation on the role of NGOs in the socio-professional integration of migrant workers in southern China. After graduation, she moved to Israel where she worked for three years in a non-profit organisation on topics related to local economic development and urban planning. In parallel, she has been involved with research projects in various international organizations – notably UNIDO and ILO -, in academic institutions, and in non-profit organisations on topics related to immigration, immigrant integration, institutional setups for immigrant integration, and local economic development. Today, Amandine is also involved in student networks. Particularly, she coordinates the newly funded “réseau migrations”.

N-EITHER REFUGEES, N-OR GUESTS by Georgiana Turculet (10’)

georgiThe recent Syrian refugee critical situation presented unprecedented challenges and intensified the debates on migration law in Turkey: What is the status of refugees and asylum seeker? Whose responsibility is it to help them? What rights do they have? And how should the financial responsibility be shared?, are the questions that the photo-documentary presents.

Georgiana Turculet is a Marie Curie Alumnus. While a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest she spent one year at Koc University in Istanbul at the Migration Research Center MiReKoc within the INTEGRIM programme. Within the filed of political science and political philosophy, Georgiana investigates the rights of migrants, and the rights of states to regulate migration. She focuses on migration, citizenship, and democracy, particularly the moral and political issues raised by the movement of people across state borders. Her research interest attempts to bridge the gap between the realm of philosophers with those of migration scholars and policy makers.  She received her BA and MA degrees in Communications and Politics from the University of Roma Tre in Italy.

NOCTURNAL LIVES by Iulius-Cezar Macarie (8’)
Nocturnal Lives Generic

Short documentary on an anthropologist going native to research nocturnal workers. Meet the three migrant night workers up and working at night, a fruit and vegetable market, in London.
Weather a night manager, a buyer or forklift driver in the market, doing the graveyard shift takes a toll on each of the three characters.

Iulius-Cezar Macarie is an INTEGRIM Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow affiliated to the Center for Policy Studies, and in parallel a PhD student in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest. HE IS ALSO A Nightlaboratory collaborator. He co-directed Invisible Lives with Tim Marrinan (UK, 2013). To get in touch please twit: @snaptwitsfromjc or email:

TO LIVE LIFE by Stefano Piemontese (15’)

To live life_PiemonteseTwo adolescent brother return to their rural Romanian village after spending their childhood in Madrid. There, their playful time leaves space to the expectations of an adult life.

Stefano Piemontese is affiliated with the Center for Policy Studies as a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow in the INTEGRIM Network. He is also a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and member of the EMIGRA research group. Stefano holds a BA in International Political Sciences (University of Turin, Italy) and a MA in International Migration and Intercultural Relations (University of Osnabrück, Germany). In 2012 he moved to Barcelona and started collaborating with the EMIGRA research group of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in research projects related to the policies for gitanos in Spain. His research addresses the issue of local and transnational participation and social mobilization of Roma migrants, as well as the conceptual and practical challenges of the policies for Roma in Europe.

MUNZUR by Menno de Jong (9’)

Still Munzur Menno de Jong 300dpiThe film is about Cargi (20) and Tayfun (23), two brothers who are originally from a small village near the Munzur Valley. Here, in France, they are Kurdish refugees. They work in construction to make a living. The filmmaker opted for long takes to place the viewer in a present time that reflects on the past and future of the brothers. A feeling of belonging, home, something which resonates in all of us.

Menno de Jong, born in 1993, is a student at the LUCA School of Arts, the only art college in Flanders and a reference in higher arts education. LUCA comprises of five institutions in as many campuses spread around Brussels, Genk, Gent and Leuven, and includes part of the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision, European League of Institutes of the Arts, European Association for Architectural Education, Association Européenne des Conservatoires and European Association for International Education. With the camera as a second pair of eyes, Menno tries to capture and interrogate the impossibilities of communication.

A LABOUR OF CARE by Nina Saharaui (18’)


Against the background of an ageing continent, European capital cities rely increasingly on migrant workers to provide care to older people. In this film, five migrant care workers in London, Paris and Madrid tell about their experiences in residential and domiciliary care. They came from the Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Portugal, Cameroun and the French department of Guadeloupe and narrate their lives as care workers. Through their stories, these women invite us into the world of care work, so central to our lives yet so invisible. They share the joy, sadness, love and grief that fill their daily work.

Nina Sahraoui is Research Associate at the European University Institute within the project EU Border Care on the politics of maternity care among undocumented migrants on the EU’s peripheries. Nina has recently received her PhD at London Metropolitan University supported by a Marie Curie fellowship. Her doctoral research focused on a gendered political economy analysis of the articulation of migration, care and employment regimes through the study of migrant workers’ experiences in old-age care in London, Paris and Madrid.

BARIKAMÀ by Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua (5’)

BARIKAMA2Cheikh is an entrepreneur, he used to be a bag seller who arrived in Italy from Senegal to look for a job. After failing and struggling the first years, he managed to open a cooperative with other African migrants who were working in plantation in the Southern Italy city of Rosarno. In 2011, they decided to say “stop!” to the extremely low salaries and unbearable living condition and started to revolt. A bunch of those resilient men moved to Rome and are now the core of Barikamà, a social cooperative producing and selling yogurt for the capital city.

Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua is a freelance journalist, producer and researcher in the field of migration from Africa with a focus on the Diaspora and its integration in urban spaces (The Guardian, L’Espresso, Radio France International). She is currently working with migrants in Italy with Tam Tam D’Afrique, Oltre Lo Sguardo and AMU (Azione Mondo Unito) on trainings, intercultural dialogue workshops, research and media production on migration. She was awarded the Melograno Award for Female Intercultural Project in December 2013, the IJNET Journalist of the Month Award and the Intercultural-Multicultural Award of Rome Municipality in September 2014. Beatrice is also co-producer of the docu-film (IN)VISIBLE CITIES on African communities stories in 13 cities of the world.

LAMPEDUSA MIRRORS by Teatro dell’argine (25’)

lampedusa mirrorsLampedusa Mirrors is a project organized by the Teatro dell’Argine, which face the issue of migration starting from memories, witnesses, opinions and emotions of local communities – especially teenagers and young – in the country of departure (Tunisia) and in the country of arrival (Italy). The concept at the basis of the whole project is using theatre as such a tool towards knowledge and mutual respect, as an effective means of free expression and communication and also as a possible professional future. The video documentary about this investigation, is a long-term output in this direction.

Teatro dell’Argine – San Lazzaro ( Bologna ) is an artistic, cultural and social project with the purpose to support and promote intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. It realizes projects and actions in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America.


Screenshot 2016-06-28 00.42.21Fourth Floor after the Nakba is the film that Hassan Hassan, a fourth generation Palestinian refugee in Syria, was shooting about the flat he was building on the last and fourth floor of his family’s building which, since 1948, had expanded vertically with each generation. As the war engulfs Yarmouk Palestinian camp, next to Damascus, Hassan and his wife are forced to go down to the ground floor, where Hassan’s grandmother had originally settled when she first arrived to Syria from Palestine. After Hassan gets arrested by the regime, his wife brings the video material to Beirut, to keep their story alive…

Samer Salameh was born in Syria and grew up in Yarmouk Palestinian camp, Damascus. After participating in several theatre plays and short films in Damascus, Samer started filming and, in 2008 and 2009, he produced his first two independent films narrating the story of Palestinian refugees who had fled Iraq which toured several international festivals. After being displaced from Syria, Samer continues directing and editing films, focusing particularly on the events that took place in his native Yarmouk.

MONTE GOUROUGOU by Bruno Rocchi (10’)

Monte Gourougou

A triple wire mesh, motion sensors and security cameras protect the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Moroccan territory, against illegal entry. The documentary highlights the desperate conditions that hundreds of Sub-Saharan migrants experience in Gourougou mountain, near the city of Melilla. These people wait the chance to get a permit for Europe and cross the border, at the mercy of Moroccan police and its violence and oppression.

Bruno Rocchi was born in Bergamo in 1983. After graduating in cinema at the University of Bologna attended a course in Milan as video reporter. In recent years he traveled in northern Morocco and produced in total independence a documentary on the economic / employment in the Rif Bled el Makhzen – On the verge of Morocco, 2015. In the same year he has completed the reportage Mount Gourougou, selected to BBC Aan Korb Arabic Festival.

SWEAT by Hasan Tanji (5’)

sweatThe story began from the sea of Palestine… the journey of the refugee towards an exile he didn’t chose, and that was forced upon him. A story of wars and conflicts, leaving behind a new exile each time, killing memories and creating new ones. The refugee remains in constant struggle with place and identity and tries to find stability in his unstable life. This time, the sea is the last resort.

Hasan Tanji was born in Moscow, Russia in 1993. He lived in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus from 1996 to 2013, when he returned to Moscow because of the war in Syria. He studied montage and visual effects as well as directing and cinematography at the Russian Culture Center in Damascus. Together with other Palestinians from Yarmouk, Tanji founded ‘The Palestinian Assembly of Creativity.’ In 2011 they produced the comedy show ala Hawa al-Hake about daily life and society in Palestinian camps in Syria and how they were impacted by the revolution and war. Currently, he is directing a series of short films in Moscow named Masafat about Syrian exiles.

PENELOPE by Samer Salameh (4’)

PenelopeIn this short video art piece the myth of Penelope is re-imagined in terms of the Palestinian reality of exile and the faithful wait for return. As Penelope (an elderly Palestinian woman) weaves a woolen sweater, her husband grows distracted in his own waiting, and begins inadvertently unravelling the same sweater. Salameh suggests the wool as a thread of time and loyalty, separating Penelope from Palestine, while extending eternal and forever re-beginning.

Samer Salameh was born in Syria and grew up in Yarmouk Palestinian camp, Damascus. After participating in several theatre plays and short films in Damascus, Samer started filming and, in 2008 and 2009, he produced his first two independent films narrating the story of Palestinian refugees who had fled Iraq which toured several international festivals. After being displaced from Syria, Samer continues directing and editing films, focusing particularly on the events that took place in his native Yarmouk.

WATER by Max Harwood and Yahya Abdullah (19’)

01 (1 of 1)-52‘Water’ is an ethnographic documentary profiling the recent arrival of innumerable Syrian street beggars in Istanbul, Turkey. The ongoing civil war has displaced upwards of one million Syrian refugees into Turkey alone. Though international organisations in concert with the Turkish government have established refugee camps on the Syrian-Turkish border, migration has pushed Syrians further west, across all of Anatolia. By the winter of early 2014, large numbers of families suddenly appeared begging on the streets of central Istanbul, over a thousand kilometers from the Syrian border. In order to document the developing situation, former Aleppo native Yahya Al-Abdullah and Max Hardwood set out to speak to the newly arrived refugees, to gather interviews to raise awareness through a collaborative film. Over three months, we sat and spoke with dozens of men, women and children, most of whom are Syrian Domari. A distinct ethnicity and nomadic Kurdish/Turkic community, Syria’s Domari (or Kurbaht) are amongst the country’s poorest people. ‘Water’ attempts to show both the extreme complexity of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and its demographics, whilst trying to humanise a largely faceless catastrophe of unimaginable proportion.

Yahya Al-Abdullah was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1985. Yahya is a student at the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where is pursuing his second MA in Public Administration. Prior to that, Yahya worked as a university instructor for the Undergraduate English Program of Isik Universiry in Istanbul, Turkey, and worked as a volunteer teacher and teacher trainer in Georgia. While in Syria he also worked as a stage actor and a stage director at the theater of Aleppo University, where he graduated. He has experience working in the NGO sector as a volunteer trainer with migrants, refugees and ethnic minorities in Syria, Turkey and Hungary.

UNE HISTOIRE SYRIENNE by Samer Beyhum (13’)

A Syrian Story (1)

Jessica, a freelance photographer and a member of 99% Media decides to leave Montreal and go to Syria her native country to cover the conflict that has lasted three years and film the horrors suffered by Syrian people under the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Through the striking images she films and testimonies of activists, she tells the story of the terrible tragedy of the Syrian people.

Samer Beyhum is a Canadian-Lebanese filmmaker  with over 20 years of experience in various areas of film, documentary, audio, theater, and broadcast production. He is co-founder of 99%Media, an independent media group for social justice.

SYRIAN EDGE by Martin Baigorria and Lisa Tormena (20’)

Syrian edge

The Syrians officially registered in Lebanon as refugees are 200,000. The people survive thanks to international aid and the efforts of  the municipalities. The documentary tells the stories of refugees and the Lebanese community. It is part of a campaign to raise awarness, managed by GVC and financed by ECHO- European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department.

Juan Martin Baigorria (Argentina 1977) lives in Bologna, where he works as documentarist and photographer. Lisa Tormena directed Aïcha è tornata, a documentary about the “return migration” in Morocco.

Lisa Tormena, 1980, graduated in International Relations, is a journalist and documentarist. The two directors are members of the cooperative Sunset, Social Cooperative on Communication in Forlì.

LAMPEDUSA IN BERLIN by Mauro Mondello (25’)

Lampedusa in BerlinFebruary, 2011. Hundreds of people come to the streets in Benghazi, northeast Libya, to protest against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi: that’s the moment when the struggle between Libyan army and the rebel forces starts. More than 30.000 people are killed during the civil war: the upheaval cause an humanitarian emergency, with thousands of foreign workers coming from all Africa forced to flee. IOM, the International Organization for Migration, estimates that 2.5 million migrant workers were in Libya before the crisis. 68.000 migrants decide to catch a boat and try to reach Lampedusa. At least 5.000 of them will never complete their journey. February, 2013. The Italian Government declares the end of the so-called North African Emergency. Thousands of refugees are left alone, without jobs, food and housing. Refugees are offered by the government 500 euros and a special permit to travel in Europe as a “measure to accompany exit”, a tacit invitation to return to their country of origin. Many of them accepted this sum and continue to live in Italy as homeless. Some refugees moved illegally to France. Few of them decided to reach Berlin, Germany, and to set up a protest camp at Oranienplatz, in Kreuzberg. This is the story of these human beings, struggling for their life.

Mauro Mondello (1982, Messina, Italy) is an italian free lance reporter and videomaker. He worked as a correspondant from South America since 2008 to 2010 for Peace Reporter and Gianni Minà’s Latinoamerica. Since 2011 he works as a correspondent from all the Arab World. In 2014 he covered the Ukrainian Crisis for Avvenire and The Atlantic Magazine. His reportages has been published, among others, on Repubblica, Rivista Studio, Panorama, Avvenire, East, Pagina 99. He collaborates with Radio Rai, Radio Capital and Radio 24.

BUZZES FROM DEUSTO by Rachel Duran (15’)

BuzzesIn recent years Deusto, just as the rest of the neighbourhoods and towns in the Basque Country, has been enriched by the arrival of people from different countries. The profile of the immigrant in Deusto is mostly that of Latin American women who work as caretakers. There has been an increasing feminization in migration lately. The construction crisis and the demand for caregivers and cleaning ladies make it easier for women to find jobs and this speeds up the whole process. The reality is different for young Moroccans. The lack of youth employment, the lack of training and the prejudices against this group fostered by the mass media, make their integration more difficult. In spite of this, they carry on and they are able to give you a smile when you share a breakfast with them. Different cultures, different ways of seeing life, different realities are shown in Buzzes from Deusto, a small extract from the different multicultural realities which live together in Deusto.

Rachel Durán is a filmmaker that works for and with Úbiqa and the Identibuzz project, a creative and participatory way to explore the relationship of people from different cultures –an inclusive space for dialogue, reflection and construction.



Auntie Maam is a foot masseuse. She is also a freelance actress in Thai independent films. One day, a film festival in Europe selects one of the films she has played in. The film director asks her to join the festival, but Auntie Maam has never had a passport. She consults Kaen, her nephew, on how to get one. This film is a satire (black comedy) with social issue. The background is the Thai political movement against the government in the early of 2014.

Sorayos Prapapan was born in 1986 in Bangkok. He is a member of the Thai Independent filmmaker society. His short film Boonrerm (2013,17 Min) was selected for over 40 international film festivals, including the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2014 and it won the best short film in the Bridge Film Festival, Verona. His First Feature Length Project “Arnold is a Model Student” won Script and Development funding from Hubert Bal Funds.



Originally from Eritrea, Filmon and his wife spent time in Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, before being resettled to Antwerp, Belgium from Shousha camp in Tunisia in 2011.  They were part of the first group of refugees to be resettled in Belgium, where they now live with their children.  Filmon currently works as a driver for people with restricted mobility in Antwerp and its surrounding areas, and has completed training as a car mechanic. In early 2015, Filmon worked together with ICMC and Caritas International to produce a short film on his life in Antwerp visiting and talking with the organisations and individuals that have supported him with his integration into life in Belgium and helped him to pursue his goals.

Emiel Elgersma loves telling compelling visual stories. He is a producer of video stories and interactive web-documentaries. His works focusses on personal stories which stand for a bigger social issue. In the past 10 years he made several multimedia and video stories about refugees, varying from resettlement, refugee students and undocumented migrants. His work can be found at

PASTORES ANDINOS by Miko Meloni (20’)

Pastores Andinos

“My grandparents were so, and even my fathers were caravaneros: I was traveling to look for food to support my family, so far this is my job !” Leonardo Flores, alpaquero of Cusi Cusi ( Argentina ), 85 years old,  tells the travels of the Andean shepherds, in search of raw material. The travel of the caravans also represented a cultural exchange.

Miko Meloni, specializing in the production of social documentaries, is the author of several works including Indignados. Como nasce una protesta (2011), selected to LIDF London International Documentary Festival 2012, cooperativas DE APURIMAC, selected by the United Nations for the final ceremony dell’IYC International Year of Cooperatives and  EDUCA, realized with the NGO GVC.

KOLORETAKO TXORIAK (Colored Birds) by Rocío Serrano Mayo (5’)


“We have learned to fly like birds, swim like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers”. Two parallel stories summarize and symbolize the history of humanity: people, like birds, are guided by the wind, and they seek their livelihood there where there can find opportunities. Mary, with his andereño and aitite, helps us to understand.

Rocio Serrano May and Maite Rodriguez belong to a parents association tied to the primary school Lamuza of Llodio. Lamuza is one of the public schools in the municipality of Laudio / Llodio (Alava) which has a high percentage of foreign students. The center, convinced that the cultural diversity is a potentiality in itself, produced this short video with funding from Department of Social Promotion (Department of Social Services) of the Provincial Council of Alava and help of director Luisan Garcia to raise awareness on cultural diversity and the benefits of integration.


Poster session

The poster session offers a space for sharing perspectives between academia and civil society through a selection of analytical and practice-oriented works related to integration and migration. The poster presenters – local NGOs, international organizations, scholars and activists – will be available for questions and discussion during the conference breaks.

AMEKADI: Antirumour Strategy Bilbao

Emmanuel O. Adeyemi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria): Surging Nigerian Sex Migrant Workers, Family and the Society

Association Nur – a spotlight on migrant voices: Milan, Reception or Smuggling Point? Syrians in Transit

Amandine Desille (University of Poitiers): Governing or Being governed? Urban Governance through the Prism of Immigration and Integration Policies in Four Frontier Towns of Israel

Sophie Hinger (University of Sussex): The Watch the Med Alarm Phone: A Hotline for Boat People in Distress

Ignacio Ellacuría Social Foundation: Transforming Citizenship

Ekaterina Mikhailova (Russian Academy of Sciences): Migration and Integration in the High North: Experience of Twin Cities Residents on the Arctic Migrant Route

Monika Potkanski (University of Vienna and Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai): Intergenerational Value Transmission in Polish Immigrant Families in Austria

Alba Alonso Álvarez (University of Edinburgh) Ainhoa Díez Sanz, Lía González Estepa, Estibaliz Linares Bahillo, Raquel Royo Prieto and María Silvestre Cabrera (University of Deusto): Social Capital and Empowerment among Migrant Women in Biscay: an Approach to their Alliances and Sisterhoods

Sahizer Samuk (IOM Turkey): Supporting the Development of National Harmonization Policy in Turkey


poster finale t 70x100 evento

Screening of short movies on the theme “Visual narratives of migration in contemporary Europe” followed by Q&A with filmmakers/ organizers.
Proyección de cortos documentales sobre migración y refugiados (VOS, inglés) y debate.

Free entrance/ entrata gratuita hasta aforo completo.

Salón del Carmen, Plaza Indautxu 48, 48010 Bilbao.
Los cortos que se proyectarán son:

– Becky’s Journey de Sine Plambech (24′)
– Bunkers de Anne-Claire Adet (14′)
– Nowhere Lines de Lukas Schrank (15′)
– Liquid Traces de Charles Heller y Lorenzo Pezzani (18′)
– Bon Voyage de Fabio Friedli (6′)


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