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IRC's Refugee Film Festival in Northern California

Event dates: April 3, 2021 - April 29, 2021
Time: 10am - 5:30pm PDT


The IRC in Northern California is partnering with IRC San Diego to bring our community the annual Refugee Film Festival virtually! We're bringing award-winning documentary film and engaging conversation to your home throughout the month of April. Films will be available to stream starting the Saturday before each live Q&A event, which will take place Wednesdays April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 6 pm.

Join us for a celebration of international film, with education on issues facing displaced people and inspiration to get involved. Event details:

WHAT             IRC's Refugee Film Festival (Online)

WHEN            Streaming April 3-28 




Content Guidance: These films may contain themes/material that could be intense for some viewers. Viewer discretion advised.​



Synopsis: When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s uncertain journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run.  

The IRC will be joined by Su Kim,  for a Zoom Q&A on April  7 at 6 PM. 


Hunger Ward | April 14 | 6 PM 

Synopsis: Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, Hunger Ward documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. HUNGER WARD provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.

Guest speaker the IRC will be joined by Skye Fitzgerald, for a Zoom Q&A on April 14 at 6 PM.


From Bahgdad to the Bay | April 21 | 6 PM 

Synopsis: In this profound documentary, we follow the journey of an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the military, and ostracized from his family and country, Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to create a life for himself in the the Bay Area of California while navigating his identity as an openly gay man. FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY takes a look at the intersectional struggle of being an asylum seeker in the United States and a member of the LGBTQ+ community at a time when both face persecution.

The IRC will be joined by Erin Palmquist, the film's director, and Ghazwan Alsharif, for a virtual Q&A on April 21 at 6 PM.


He's Still Fast | April 28 | 6 PM

Synopsis: This film follows Tolassa, who was an elite runner in Ethiopia before being thrown into prison for speaking out against human rights abuses against his ethnic group in Ethiopia. 12 years later, he is a newly resettled refugee in Dallas, Texas, seeking to compete in a half marathon. This film follows Tolassa’s first year in America, as his ambition to race and compete takes him all the way to the New York City Marathon. In his pursuit he finds more than just a race -- he finds himself a community.

The IRC will be joined by the film's director, Andrew Holzschuh, for a Zoom Q&A on April 28 at 6 PM.



Questions? Email us at SanDiego [at] Rescue.org

Content Guidance: These  films may contain themes/material that could be intense for some viewers. Viewer discretion advised.

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