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International Documentary Film Series

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Every year, unique perspectives from around the world come to San Diego for IRC’s International Documentary Film Series. From the frontlines of conflict to rebuilding life in a new country, these films take an honest look at the reality of the refugee experience. Each screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with an expert on the film’s subject area.

Make it dinner & a movie!  This year we have partnered with Burger Lounge Hillcrest  who have generously offered to donate 20% of your meal purchase when you bring in this flyer or mention the IRC fundraiser on any of the film screening dates (June 13, 20 and 27th) at the Hillcrest location!


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2017 film schedule

Tuesday, June 13 |  Nowhere to Hide

Five years of dramatic change in war-torn central Iraq seen through the lens of Iraqi nurse and father Nori Sharif.   View trailer

Guest speaker: Heather Hansen. Heather is currently Deputy Director, Programs for the IRC in San Diego. Prior to joining the San Diego office this year, she served as Deputy Director for Programs in Iraq for the IRC. She holds Bachelor degrees in psychology and international affairs from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a Master of International Affairs with a focus in Human Rights from Columbia University.


Tuesday, June 20 (World Refugee Day) | Warehoused

Warehoused highlights the plight of long-term refugees over the course of history, culminating in today’s refugee crisis. The film sheds light on the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing refugees across the globe through an intimate glimpse into daily life at Dadaab, Kenya -- the world’s largest refugee camp. View trailer

Guest speaker: Hassan Aden Omar was resettled to San Diego by the IRC in March 2017 with his wife and six children after living for more than two decades in Dadaab.


Tuesday, June 27 | Refugee Kids

Following students at a New York City youth program for children seeking asylum, the film gives an account of resettlement in America as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer.  View trailer

Guest speaker: Eyal Bergman, Family and Community Engagement Officer at Cajon Valley Union School District


All films will be shown at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas at 7pm.

Series Pass: $35/$25 student/volunteer *Series pass includes an original copy of the poster!*

Single Ticket: $15/$10 student/volunteer

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All ticket sales go toward funding IRC programs in San Diego.

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