×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

FilmAid Brightens Lives of Refugees

The org founded to entertain, now educates and trains those it serves

Dadaab Stories is the latest project from FilmAid, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that uses film to help struggling communities. The interactive website helps members of the world’s largest refugee camp, on the border of Somalia in Northern Kenya, share their stories through video, poetry, music, community journalism and personal blogs.

“Our goal with Dadaab Stories is to help open up a window between global audiences and the extraordinary and inspiring community in Dadaab, people we’re privileged to work with every day,” says FilmAid executive director Liz Manne.

FilmAid was created in 1999 by Caroline Baron to help those who fled to Macedonia from their homes in Kosovo during the war. With the hundreds of thousands of refugees suffering from boredom and hopelessness, the org delivered movies to the refugee camps.

“It came from a desire to want to help those in trouble,” Baron says. “We would hold outdoor screenings — feed the imagination and the soul.”

In 2012, more than 2,800 educational screenings and video-based workshops took place in refugee camps.

FilmAid is a five-time recipient of institutional grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, most recently receiving support in 2012. With the additional support of the United Nations, FilmAid expanded its reach into Afghanistan and Africa.

The org also trains members of the populations it serves in video and filmmaking. It works with NGOs to bring health information to people via short films. In 2012, the org reached more than 260,000 people in Kenya through educational screenings and video-based workshops covering topics including malaria, maternal health, cholera and HIV-prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, rape and violence against women, democracy and civic rights.

It also instills the hope brought out in achievement. “One woman, who was shy because she wasn’t used to being given these opportunities, acted in one of the films,” Baron says. “She was awarded with a best actress prize at a ceremony in the camp. After going through the process, she was completely changed and (became) articulate and confident.”

More Film

  • Murder Mystery

    Netflix Reveals Record-Breaking Stats for Sandler-Aniston 'Murder Mystery' Flick

    “Murder Mystery,” the latest Adam Sandler film to debut on Netflix, broke viewing records on the streaming service, the company revealed Tuesday. The film, which is co-headlined by Jennifer Aniston, was seen by close to 30.9 million households in its first 3 days, according to a tweet sent out Tuesday afternoon. 🚨ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER [...]

  • Agents Accuse Writers Guild of Refusing

    Writers Guild 'Plans to Respond' to Agents' Proposal as Frustration Mounts

    In a sign of increasing frustration, Hollywood agents have accused the Writers Guild of America of foot-dragging in the bitter two-month dispute. “It has become clear as more days pass that the Guild is not interested in making a deal,” said the negotiating committee for the agents in statement issued Tuesday. “Over the past year, [...]

  • Jermaine Fowler arrives at the 69th

    Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jermaine Fowler is set to play one of the leads opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount’s sequel “Coming 2 America,” sources tell Variety. “Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is on board to direct the pic with the studio planning an August 7, 2020 release. Plot details of “Coming 2 America” are unknown, as are the [...]

  • Henry Golding attends the Fragrance Foundation

    Henry Golding Starts Long House Shingle With 'Inheritance,' 'Harrington's Greatest Hits'

    “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding has started Long House Productions in partnership with China’s Starlight Cultural Entertainment Group with two features in the works. Golding’s first feature under the Long House banner is action adventure “The Inheritance,” based on an original story idea by Alistair Hudson and Golding. Hudson is writing the script for [...]

  • Max Landis Entertainment Weekly party, Comic-Con

    Max Landis Accused of Rape, Assault and Psychological Abuse

    Screenwriter Max Landis is facing allegations of sexual abuse and psychological manipulation from eight women who told their stories to the Daily Beast. Two of the women spoke on the record, and another five were identified by pseudonyms. An eighth women confirmed that she filed a police complaint against Landis in 2008, in which she [...]

  • Michael Fassbender'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' film premiere,

    Michael Fassbender to Produce, Star in Lionsgate Spy Thriller 'Malko'

    Michael Fassbender will produce and star in the Lionsgate spy thriller “Malko,” based on Gerard de Villiers’ S.A.S. series, with the studio planning to launch a franchise with the project. Eric Warren Singer, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “American Hustle,” will write the screenplay. Joe Drake, chairman of [...]

  • American Film Institute Hires Susan Ruskin

    Susan Ruskin Appointed AFI Conservatory Dean

    The American Film Institute has named producer and educator Susan Ruskin as dean of the AFI Conservatory, where she will lead AFI’s graduate film-training program. Ruskin, who will also carry the title of executive VP, will report directly to Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO, the organization announced Tuesday. She replaces producer Richard Gladstein, who left [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content