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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.

The 2019 International Documentary Film Series will run Wednesdays May 1st, 8th and 15th - check back soon for this year's selections!

All films will be shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park at 6:30pm.


Until then, join us at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival hosted by MOPA January 31 through February 3. 



2018 film selections (2019 Lineup coming soon!)

June 10th | This is Home

The story of four Syrian refugee families sent to resettle in Baltimore. Winner of the 2018 Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary.



June 17th | New Neighbors Project 

In their voices, through their own eyes - self-directed refugee films from the new American West. View the trailer

Guest Speaker: Serge Kashiko Asumani is currently the Work Readiness and Financial Education Coordinator for the IRC in San Diego.  Prior to joining the San Diego office, Serge worked for the IRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) supervising food distribution in refugee camps for five years, and then for UNICEF as a Consultant Logistician of Immunization/Vaccinations for the polio vaccination campaign. After being targeted because of his ethnicity and the work he was doing with UNICEF, Serge was forced to flee his home country and sought asylum in the United States in June 2016. Serge speaks French, Swahili, Lingala and English and holds a BA in Economic Science from University of Kinshasa, DRC.  In addition to his humanitarian work, he is a DJ and experienced marketing and entertainment manager.  


June 24th | On Her Shoulders

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Now, this     ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people. Winner of the 2018 Sundance Directing Award: U.S. Documentary and 2018 SXSW Special Jury award winner. Watch the trailer.




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.