Nepal Hosts Global Migration Film Festival
18 Dec 2018, Kathmandu - A documentary portraying the lives of two Filipina women who migrate in search of better wages to support their families and pay for their children’s education was screened in Kathmandu today (18/12) as part of IOM’s 3rd Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF.)
The film ‘Together Apart’ portrays lives that closely resemble those of some 2.5 million Nepali migrant workers who work abroad to provide for their families back home. It shows them as they grapple with homesickness, sending money home and immigration paperwork, but also having fun and supporting each other.
The screening was hosted by IOM on behalf of the United Nations Country Team and in collaboration with the Nepal Human Rights Film Center and Oscar International College.
It was followed by a panel discussion by representatives from the government, UN agencies and civil society on the challenges and opportunities of Nepali labour migration. A returned migrant, Shreekrishna Adhikari, also described his experiences abroad and successful reintegration.
IOM Nepal Chief of Mission and panelist Paul Norton described the film as “powerful and moving.” “Migrants sacrifice the joy of togetherness with family and friends while chasing their dreams. Sending and host governments both benefit from their migration and therefore bear responsibility to ensure that their rights and dignity are protected throughout the migration cycle,” he said.
Shreekrishna Adhikari told the audience how he used his capital and skills earned abroad to establish a farm and agro-supply company in Kathmandu when he returned to Nepal. He noted that government policies were needed to encourage migrants to invest their remittances in productive businesses at home.
IOM’s 3rd Global Migration Film Festival began on 28 November and ends today on International Migrants Day – 18th December. Over 40 films were officially selected from nearly 800 entries and screened worldwide.