International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Documentary Film Series

San Diego’s 8th Annual International Documentary Film Series will feature three compelling films that illustrate life as a refugee.  Films will be screened on Mondays May 9, 16 and 23 at 7pm.  


Individual Ticket:

Series Passes:

 General: $15

 General: $35

Student or IRC Volunteer: $10

Student or IRC Volunteer: $25

Purchase tickets on line through our secure check out page.   Be sure to purchase your online tickets before 3:30pm on the day of the film.

The International Documentary Film Series will be held at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas at 3965 5th Avenue, #200, San Diego CA 92103

Free three-hour validated parking is available onsite in the Village Hillcrest Garage, entrances on 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Washington Street.

Thanks to a generous sponsor, 100% of ticket sales will support the programs of the IRC in San Diego.  

Salam Neighbor 
Monday, May 9th 2016 at 7pm

Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome cultural barriers to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

Speaker:  Jenny Becker is the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Response Team. She has worked for the IRC for 5 years and in the humanitarian field for 8 years, with a primary focus on the needs of women and girls in diverse contexts that include Iraq, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia. She was in Greece assisting with the response there from September to December of 2015. She holds a MA in International Development Studies from the University of Manchester, and a BA Honours in International Development Studies and Economics from McGill University. When she is not travelling for work, she calls Toronto, Ontario home.


This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees
Monday, May 16th 2016 at 7pm

Over the course of a year, Emmy-award-winning director Mani Yassir Benchelah made this intimate portrait of Syrian refugee children forced to flee from the violence of civil war to neighboring Lebanon. It tells the stories of the children’s lives in their own words and captures the moving truth of how they deal with loss and hardship. Through the prism of their testimony, we gain perspective on the fate of millions of Syrian refugees, half of whom are children. 

Speakers: Sarah SmithSenior Director of Education at the International Rescue Committee. Dr. Smith and her team establish the vision and direction for the IRC’s education programs throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Smith has over fifteen years of experience managing and advising programs for children and youth in conflict and post-conflict countries throughout Asia and Africa. Before joining the IRC, she worked for Concern Worldwide, UNHCR and as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Smith began her career teaching preschool and elementary school. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University.

                 IRC Peacemakers - Local refugee youth share their personal stories to raise awareness on refugee issues, while developing important public speaking and leadership skills.


Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus    
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7pm

Follow Chris Cotter, an American traveler, as he follows a common migration path through Ethiopia and into Israel, tracking the plight of Eritrean refugees. Chris and his crew visit several refugee camps, including the never-before-documented Afar region. The refugees tell stories of oppression, torture, and survival. Searching for solutions, Chris speaks to various NGOs and experts, including Assistant Secretary of State, Anne Richard. Even with an uncertain future, the spirit of the Eritrean refugees is hard to ignore.


Speaker:  David Murphy, Executive Director - IRC in San Diego, previously IRC Country Director for Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

These films represent the views of contributing documentary filmmakers and do not represent formal positions of the International Rescue Committee.

The non-tax deductible amount is $10 for each ticket.

Click here to see the list of films shown in the past.

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