Movie screening Think about Refugees — They are Closer people than Japanese think–


Students taking International Cooperation Human Resource Development

Program course has planned and organized this movie screening

under the supervision of the professor (Ms. Masako Yonekawa,

Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Rikkyo University, former

Head of Field Office, UNHCR, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo)

in charge of the class, focusing in the students interests, “International

Cooperation” and ”Refugees”.“Refugee” is defined as an individual

seeking refuge; especially: an individual who has left his or her native

country to another country and is unable to return because of

persecution or fear of persecution (as because of race, religion,

nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion).

Nowadays, due to large number of outlast, the necessity of accepting

Syrian refugees is increasing across the world.  The current condition

in Japan is only 27 certified out of 7580 people applied, which is very

low in the world. The reason behind this might be the fact that Japan

is a closed country, has unique national character, lack of knowledge

about refugees.

It is difficult to solve primal agenda of areas where refugees increase,

and Japan will have to accept refugees in the future.

The aim for the event is to provide mainly for students of universities

or citizens an opportunity to focus on refugees in Japan and think of

social problems they are facing through movies, comparing the situations

with those of refugees in other countries. This time, by courtesy of

UNHCR, we are able to run two films on screen ‘The Suffering Grass’

(on June 16) and ‘Banished Kids’ (on June 29) from the past UNHCR

film festivals. By using movie as a tool, and giving lecture to the

participants by Guest speaker and Rikkyo University Professors who

has actual experience in refugee operation, will give us more detail

information to understand about the condition correctly that refugees are

closer people for Japanese than they think and we can help them.

After the event, it will be easier to understand and will evoke the

consciousness of problems, not as complicated issue as they

tend to think. ,. .

Time                    2016 Jun 16 (Thu),,  Jun 29()Wed

Both      18:30~20:30

Place:                  Rikkyo University

16th:: Ikebukuro Campus Build 11B1 Room AB01

29th:   Ikebukuro Campus Build 8 2F Room8202


Guest Speaker

16th Mr. Yoshifumi Keihei (AAR Japan))

29th  Ms. Masako Ishii (Associate Professor,

College of Intercultural Communication)

Audience:        Rikkyo, Meiji, International University of Japan, Students,

faculty and staff, public

Contents:  1. Introduction of the Event  (10 min)

                 2. film screening (16: 52 min,  29: 59mi

                     (In English with Japanese captions)

                 3. Comments from Lecturer (25 min)

                 4. Q&A (25min)


【Summary of the film】
◆The Suffering Grass’ and Jun 16

(in English with Japanese caption)

  • Prior registration necessary.

Civil war erupted in 2011, has involved civilian and has grown to. The

greatest humanitarian crises on record

This film has recorded interviews conducted in refugee camp in Turkey. 

The movie casts the questions to the audience about way of peace to the

viewers from the voices about grisly civil conflict, hoping for peace wavering

between violence and non-violence


◆‘Banished Kids’ Jun 29

(in English with Japanese subtitle)

  • Prior registration necessary.

Wrecked by civil war, people from the southern Philippine island of Mindanao,

drift ashore in Malaysia. The children become so-called "stateless people",

denied access to basic rights in education and healthcare, and ignored by

the international community. Their voiceless plight asks us what "nationality"

truly means.

Hosted by Human Resource Development Program for International

Cooperation between Rikkyo, Meiji and International University of Japan

In cooperation with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Representation in Japan, Refugee Film Festival Project