Global Migration Film Festival Opens in Nepal
28 November 2019, Damak – Nepal marked the launch of the 2019 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) with the screening of a Nepali movie depicting the social cost of migration for Nepali families. “Bulbul” was screened in Damak in Province 1 today 28 November.
The award-winning and critically acclaimed film tells the story of a woman whose husband has gone abroad to work, and has not sent money since couple of years now. This leaves her as the sole breadwinner of the family. She is simultaneously a wife, a mother and a working woman who has to financially support her father-in-law and child.
“While migration for overseas employment plays a vital role in socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Nepal and is a major source of jobs for young people, it also comes with a significant cost affecting families left behind, particularly women and children,” said International Organization for Migration (IOM) Nepal Chief of Mission Lorena Lando, speaking at the opening of the event.
“The Global Migration Film Festival aims to provide a platform for discussion of migration. This film triggers debate not only about migration, but also about gender and health,” she added.
Thanking IOM for organizing the event at province 1, provincial Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Hikmat Karki expressed his commitment that the provincial government would work towards ensuring no one from the province would have to migrate on the ground of violence and desperation.
Writer-director of the film Binod Paudel underlined that through his female-lead character he was not trying to prove weakness or power of women, but was rather trying to bring out the reality a woman in her situation – a family member of an ‘unsuccessful’ migrant worker - goes through.
According to a study jointly conducted by the Govt. of Nepal and IOM, about 2.5 million Nepalese were working and over 84,000 studying abroad in 2016.
IOM, which organizes the annual GMFF, will be hosting hundreds of screenings of migration-related films worldwide between 28 November and 18 December – International Migrants Day.
In Nepal, in collaboration with British Council Nepal, other UN agencies, the Human Rights Film Center (HRFC) and Oscar International College – College of Film Studies, it will host six events in in Kathmandu and the provinces through December 10th.
The screenings will coincide with a UN advocacy campaign: “UNiTE to End Violence against Women - 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence,” which ends on December 10th – Human Rights Day.
The GMFF, which was launched in 2016, now takes place in over 100 countries. The 2017 and 2018 editions of the festival each organized over 350 screenings and attracted total audiences of over 27,000 people.
For more information please contact:
Lorena Lando at IOM Nepal, Tel: +97714426250 (Ext. 194), Email: