The IRC in San Diego's annual Refugee Film Festival is back in person for 2023! Hosted by USD,

we're bringing award-winning documentary films and engaging conversation every week starting

on April 13th, 20th, & 27th.




A Fire Within | April 13 at 6:30pm|


A FIRE WITHIN chronicles the incredible true story of three Ethiopian women who immigrate to the U.S. after surviving torture in their home country, only to discover that the man responsible for their torture is not only living in the US but is employed at the same midtown Atlanta hotel as one of the women.


Simple as Water | April 20 at 6:30pm |


Simple As Water is a love story celebrating the bonds of family. Oscar®-winning director Megan Mylan documents Syrian families filmed over five years in five countries to reveal the impact of war, separation, and displacement. The film follows: Yasmin, a mother of four living in a tent in the port of Athens; Samra, a widow on the Turkey-Syria border grappling with the decision to leave her children in an orphanage in hopes of giving them a better chance in life; 22-year-old Omar, who's taken on the role of parent to his younger brother in Pennsylvania; Diaa, who's remained in Syria while tirelessly searching for her "disappeared" son; and Safwan, who lives in temporary housing in Germany and laments lost milestones with his children. Epic in scope but intimate in feel, Simple as Water underscores the universal importance of family.

Chèche Lavi | April 27 at 6:30pm |


Chèche Lavi is a lyrical portrait of two Haitian migrants, Robens and James, who find themselves stranded at the US-Mexico border with no way forward and no one to depend on but each other. The quiet, unexpected tenderness of their friendship shines in the eye of an incomprehensible geopolitical storm, even as the two men drift towards drastically different futures… and a new wall rises on the horizon.


Please join us as we screen these impactful films and engage in dialogue after with the filmmakers, speakers, and others with lived experience.