Celebrating the Olympics in Kakuma

This past August FilmAid partnered with The International Olympic Committee, The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International and Globecast to broadcast the Olympic Games live in Kakuma Refugee Camp in honor of the first-ever refugee team.

A win from Team Refugees would change how the world views refugees.
— Lazarus Deng, South Sudanese photographer living in Kakuma

This historical event was the first time that refugees were competing in the Olympic Games. Additionally, it was the first time many residents of Kakuma had even watched the Olympic broadcasts live. The screenings provided a great opportunity for the refugee community to follow the events live from the Games in Rio, and most importantly, the races that their fellow refugees were participating in. Thousands of men, women and children gathered to watch the games each evening, sometimes in the middle of the night, bringing mats, jerry cans and other items to secure their space in front of FilmAid’s mobile cinema.

In our culture the games belong to the men. This is my first time to see her doing something like that
— Margaret Nachi (Aunt of Refugee Olympic Team member Anjelina Nadai)
Community watches The Olympic Games - Kakuma - ©FilmAid/Otieno

Community watches The Olympic Games - Kakuma - ©FilmAid/Otieno

In particular, youth were overjoyed with the opportunity to watch their friends and neighbors participating in this highly competitive, worldwide event. The younger generations in particular were inspired by the screenings: seeing their peers preform on the international stage encouraged many in Kakuma to work hard as the athletes achievements showed the community it is possible to succeed in ambitious goals, whether they be in sports, film making, or entrepreneurship. As FilmAid filmmaker Abdul Patient said after watching the broadcasts, "I believe I can achieve my dreams, because Team Refugees gives me hope. One day, one time, maybe I'll be somewhere for my talent." In total, five South Sudanese refugees from Kakuma Refugee Camp took part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

I believe I can achieve my dreams, because Team Refugees gives me hope. One day, one time, maybe I’ll be somewhere for my talent.
— Abdul Patient, Burundian filmmaker living in Kakuma Refugee Camp

The 2016 Rio Olympic broadcasts was a historical exercise that motivated refugees to believe that talent combined with hard work can help someone achieve their dreams. The broadcasts themselves also brought the much needed psycho-social relief to the refugee community and they were extremely grateful to The Olympic Broadcast Committee, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Amnesty International, Globecast and FilmAid for making it possible. Read our full report on FilmAid's screening here.

 

Press Release: FilmAid International Celebrates its 10th Annual Film Festival in Nairobi and Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Settlements

From September 19th - 23rd in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and October 4th - 6th 2016, FilmAid will partner with UNHCR and Safaricom to host its 10th Annual Film Festival, celebrating the numerous untold stories from refugees and other marginalized populations throughout the world. Showcasing the films of young refugee filmmakers from Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps, the festival also provides an opportunity for international filmmakers to share their stories on this years theme: 

'Where I Am' - Stories of the relationship between identity and the environment

FilmAid's unique festival opens opportunities for young refugee filmmakers to collaborate with professionals through discussions and workshops as well as providing a window for audiences to watch stories from the world's largest refugee camps. Bonnie Wright, Director, Actress and friend of FilmAid said: "I love storytelling and I love communicating ideas. For refugees in secluded communities, the ability to communicate ideas can empower and instill hope. These ideas can come to life through making and watching films, enabling an enhanced viewpoint both locally and globally. Education is one of the most powerful implements that we can give to each other."

Festival Background       

Held annually in Kenya, FilmAid's Film Festival, supported by the US Government and UNHCR, strives to fulfill FilmAid's vision of informing, inspiring and empowering refugees and other marginalized populations throughout the world. Through FilmAid's extensive programming in Nairobi, Kakuma and Dadaab, each year FilmAid is able to train, support and empower more than 50 refugee youth to tell their own stories through the power of film. In addition, the Film Festival provides independent filmmakers worldwide the opportunity to share stories with refugees in the Kenyan camps, allowing for a shared artistic communication.  

Note to Editors: 

About FilmAid

FilmAid was founded by independent filmmakers in 1999 in response to the refugee crisis during and after the Kosovo War. It is perhaps best known for its original program model: mobile screenings of beloved comedies and other entertainment to provide psychological relief and much-needed hope to child refugees and others suffering the ravages of trauma and displacement. Nearly two decades later, FilmAid is an innovative leader in humanitarian and crisis communications, using a community-based approach to create and distribute life-saving information to refugees in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Using film, radio and journalism created by refugees, FilmAid engages communities with dignity and respect, providing information about their rights, safety, health and well-being. Alongside public information campaigns, FilmAid trains young people in all aspects of storytelling and communications, empowering the next generation to advocate for its own rights and community needs. Connect to FilmAid at filmaid.org, @FilmAidkenya and at facebook.com/filmaid.

About FilmAid and the Kenya refugee community

FilmAid works with refugees and communities in informal settlements in Nairobi, in Kakuma Refugee Camp and the greater Turkana County, and in Dadaab Refugee Settlements. By January 2015, Kenya was hosting more than 585,000 refugees and asylum seekers (UNHCR Report 2015). FilmAid Kenya reaches over 400,000 people annually with life-saving health and protection information.

Further information and contacts

Website: FilmAid.org/filmfestival

Naomi O’Callaghan, External Communications Manager; nocallaghan@filmaid.org

About UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, including the right to education. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

About Safaricom’s work with refugees

Safaricom has partnered with UNHCR and the World Food Program on Bamba Chakula to enable refugees to access food through a cashless system that facilitates secure electronic payments through their M-PESA wallet, which can only be used to purchase food. The innovation removes the opportunity for corruption by eliminating middle-men, reducing the cost of distributing relief aid, creating employment and business opportunities for people in refugee camps, and giving refugees the opportunity to choose what they prefer to eat within their circumstances.

Evening screening, Kakuma.                          Copyright: FilmAid International

Evening screening, Kakuma.                          Copyright: FilmAid International

Job Posting: Regional Donor Liaison Manager

Regional Donor Liaison Manager

Nairobi Office with Travel across East and Horn of Africa

Closing Date: 28th September 2016

About FilmAid

FilmAid is an international development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of media and the arts to respond to emergencies as well as promote social change through dialogue in order to protect the wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations by building stronger, healthier, and more informed communities around the world.

FilmAid designs andenvironmental issues. FilmAid’s Theory-Of-Change is based on the integration of access, creativity and participation, which drive individual and community change, contributing to positive social impact. Underpinning this approach is collaboration; working together is fundamental to achieving change. FilmAid partners with communities, creators, NGOs, Governments, and the private sector to ensure a collaborative approach to this end.

FilmAid’s work falls into the four integrated components: Media Content, Communication with Communities (CwC), Communication for Development (C4D) and Skills Development that combine to support program delivery. FilmAid produces multiple forms of creative media, which is subsequently distributed through a variety of outreach channels, ensuring that target communities are reached. This CwC/C4D includes targeted screening events and workshops, radio, SMS, as well as digital media platforms. In addition, FilmAid builds skills within the community to deliver the media and outreach components. This participatory approach drives individual change, as well as ensuring community engagement and ownership of all interventions.

Job Purpose:

To oversee the development of new programs; develop close working partnerships with key stakeholders, donors, and other international and Kenyan partners, develop guidelines and frameworks for partnering with strategic partners.

Roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 Programs Development

•    Review existing programs and other related documents and propose a sustainability and development strategy for future programs.

•    Develop & manage a partner resource index detailing partner contacts (Donors and IPs), players in each area of FilmAid’s program response, program support cycles, networks, affiliations and resources to anchor the program development strategy.

•    Actively pursuing, developing and nurturing partnerships with relevant government offices, civil society, media and all key partners / industry players

•    Scout new programs in Kenya and the region, identify strategic partners (Including donors) and lead proposal writing efforts for these programs

•    Coordinate response to calls for new and regular proposals for new and existing programs; concept proposals and full proposals with accompanying project budgets and therefore ensuring that the are filed in time

•    Contributing to FilmAid’s organizational strategic thinking and organizational growth strategy, working with Country Director, Program Director and HQ and other country programs

•    Hire and manage partnerships and development staff

•    Represent the Country Director in agency meetings and other meetings as need arises

•    Develop close working partnerships with key stakeholders, donors, and other international and Kenyan partners.

•    Under the guidance of FilmAid policy and partnerships agreements, develop Memorandum of Understanding guidelines and documents for working with partners through in-kind partnerships.

•    Develop proposal and messaging around complex, wide-ranging, and far-reaching development issues, including health, education, protection, environmental, and other technical expertise subject matters.

•    Build capacity of key field management teams in concept note development, proposal writing and donor relations skills for field based programmes on behalf of the regional office grants

           

Qualifications and Requirements:

  •  Bachelor of Arts in Communications, International Relations and / or any other relevant social and behavioural science discipline. Master’s degree on the same discipline will be an added advantage.
  •  At least 4 years work experience on humanitarian or development sector managing communication and partnership.
  •  Previous experience in the same capacity.
  •  Track record of successful, collaborative proposal development, budgeting and soliciting major donors, corporates, individuals and other NGOs.
  • Highly developed communication skills and excellent command of English language, both written and spoken.
  • Ability to transfer skills and promote learning to key staff on relevant areas of partnership.
  • Excellent analytical, decision-making, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles, including HAP and CDAC standards and values as well as Sphere standards.

Competencies

•    Strategic planning skills

•    Program Development skills

•    Diplomacy skills

•    Financial planning & management skills

•    Relationship building and maintenance skills

•    Leadership and management skills

•    Problem solving & decision making skills

•    Performance standard setting & monitoring skills

•    Communication and interpersonal skills

•    Writing skills

•    Use of different social media platforms

How to Apply

Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with only Cover Letter, CV and 3 references to Email address: jobskenya@filmaid.org by 28th September 2016. Please indicate the position title on the subject line of your application. Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

FilmAid is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  

 

Malala Day at FilmAid: Yes All Girls!

On July 12, 2016, internationally recognized as Malala Day, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visited FilmAid’s programs in Dadaab refugee camp. There, she strongly advocated for girls education and proclaimed, “We should not ask children who flee their homes to also give up their dreams.”

Reporting from the momentous event is FilmAid Journalism Student, Isse Adbullahi:

MALALA CELEBRATES HER 19TH BIRTHDAY IN DADAAB SPEAKING FOR GIRLS’ EDUCATION

By: Isse Abdullahi

Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai with FilmAid Students in Dadaab Refugee Camp on Malala Day

Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai with FilmAid Students in Dadaab Refugee Camp on Malala Day

The young girls did not see it coming. Not a hint had been given that they would play host to the youngest Nobel Laureate and global activist for girls’ education.

They gathered, chatting in small groups and covering their faces from the cameras. With white hijab covered heads, blue dera uniforms and dust covered feet they moved around the world’s largest refugee camp, a home to them, with the girl they have come to idolize since watching her in the film He Named Me Malala screened by FilmAid International in support of girls’ empowerment.

Motivated by Malala’s determination to not only pursue her education but also to advocate for other less privileged girls around the world, especially those coming from parts of the globe that are unconducive to girls education, the girls braved the scorching sun of the North Eastern desert and the biting pangs of hunger to partake in the celebration of their quest for an education.

Globally, despite considerable progress for women in terms of education and schooling over the past two decades, education has not only been one of the most critical tools of empowerment for women but has also offered some of the clearest examples of discrimination against women. Of the children not attending school, there are more than twice as many girls as boys. And among illiterate adults, there are similarly unbalanced ratios of women to men.

Malala’s visit on her 19th birthday also coincided with the graduation ceremony for girls who have benefited from the Girls’ Mentorship program spearheaded by FilmAid to empower young girls to pursue education and be a light in their communities.

Standing before the commotion of the crowd gathering, she movingly remarked:

“Today, I turn 19, and this year, I am here to speak for my unheard sisters of Somalia striving for education every day in the refugee camp of Dadaab. I’m so happy to celebrate with my sisters and congratulate them on graduating from the Girls’ First program, which makes my birthday even more beautiful. My brave sisters here are committed not only to their own education, but to fighting for the rights of all girls to go to school.”

Throughout her emotional speech, she pointed out the myriad challenges that girls and women continue to encounter and the significance of educating girls.

Malala meets Rahma: A Heroine is Made

“One girl graduating today is my sister Rahma. Rahma has fled her home twice to come to Dadaab - once to escape conflict in Somalia and once to follow her dream of education. Rahma first came to Dadaab as a young girl. When her family returned to Somalia, there was no school for her - so she came back here alone, to finish her education. There are many girls like my sister Rahma here today. And I am here to remind world leaders that all girls here matter.”

In her closing remarks, Malala emphasized that education and empowerment is the only way to get out of poverty. She beseeched parents to stand for and support girls’ in attaining their full potential rather than being impediments in this noble pursuit.

Malala also expressed her fear about the return of refugees to Somalia as the education of girls will be at risk.

“I urge people today to join me in my campaign that education is the right of all girls. Yes, all girls.”

Job Posting: Deputy Country Director

About FilmAid:

FilmAid is an international development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of media and the arts to respond to emergencies as well as promote social change through dialogue in order to protect the wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations by building stronger, healthier, and more informed communities around the world.

Over the past 16 years, FilmAid has served displaced populations and their host communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Macedonia, Afghanistan, US Gulf Coast, Haiti and the Thai/Myanmar border.

 

FilmAid designs and implements communications initiatives on critical health, protection and environmental issues. FilmAid’s Theory-Of-Change is based on the integration of access, creativity and participation, which drive individual and community change, contributing to positive social impact. Underpinning this approach is collaboration; working together is fundamental to achieving change. FilmAid partners with communities, creators, NGOs, Governments, and the private sector to ensure a collaborative approach to this end.

Position main function:

Working closely with the Country Director, The Deputy Country Director, will provide leadership, strategies, systems, policies and oversees the management, coordination and administration of all aspects for Operations: Finance, HR, Procurement, Admin & Logistics and asset management by  organizing, staffing, supervising and controlling all operations in order to provide necessary support for program implementation in Kenya.

Main Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Strategic roles

·      Develop an effective structure for staff and infrastructure to support all the Kenya programs and build budgets to support the implementation of such structure

·      Develop a Country strategic operational plan and direct the implementation of the short and long-range departmental goals, objectives and detailed action points.

·      Develop and oversee the implementation of an operations evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the country operations and to identify areas for improvement

·      Evaluate new and existing operations to assess suitability and the need for structural and system changes.

·      Identify and evaluate any operational risks and take appropriate action to control the risks

Chief Finance Officer roles:

·      This position is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of FilmAid including financial planning and monitoring cash flow, analyzing financial strengths and weaknesses and putting in place framework for improvement.

·      This position is also responsible for overseeing the accounting and finance departments and for ensuring that the financial reports are accurate and completed on time.

·      Directing the development of accurate country operational plans and budgets

·      Defend the integrity and due compliance by FilmAid by ensuring quality delivery of service, transparency and sound systems and procedures for both procurement and finance management to meet donor reporting and funding agreements.

·      Create, coordinate, and evaluate the accounting and financial management systems and supporting information systems of the organization to include budgeting, tax planning, billing, and auditing procedures in relation to the different country prevailing laws.

·      Oversee and build the capacity of the teams in financial management including revenue enhancement and cost center management.

·      Monitor and analyze cash flow projections cost controls, and expenses to guide organization’s board members and the Country Director on a regular basis (monthly / bimonthly)

Operational control:

·      To serve as deputy to the Country Director and run the country program in the absence of the Country Director.

·      Serve as liaison to external partners, particularly with donors and including representing the organization in meetings and maintain effective working relationships banks, auditors, government authorities and legal counsel.

·      Manage and provide technical assistance including trainings and serve as resource advisor to community-based organizations / sub-grantees.

·      Manage and coordinate operational meetings on regular basis regarding implementation, sustainability, and international and national best practices.

·      Ensure that the whole operation operates within the policies and procedures of the organization for Admin & Logistics, Finance, HR, Procurement and asset management.

·      Review and develop systems, policies and procedures for Admin & Logistics, Finance, HR, Procurement and asset management to support the strategic direction of the organization

·      Plan the delivery of the overall systems, policies and procedures and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization

·      Ensure that that the whole operation complies with all relevant legislation and professional standards

·      Interact with other managers to provide consultative support to planning initiatives through financial and management information analyses, reports, and recommendations.

·      Coordinate operational activities between locations and departments including Outreach, Creative and content and Operations: Finance, asset management, human resources, procurement and admin & logistics.

·      In consultation with the Country Director, recruit, interview and select well-qualified key country staff

·      Establish work schedules and assign work to staff members

·      Establish a performance management process for all staff

·      Engage volunteers for appropriate operational activities using established volunteer management practices

·      Ensure that all program staff receive an appropriate orientation to the organization and the programs and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards

·      Supervise all operations staff

·      Liaise with other managers to ensure the effective and efficient resource use and management for increased program delivery

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

·      MBA or Masters of Science in accounting or business field or its equivalent

·      Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Financial Operations or its equivalent

·      Professional accounting qualification

·      Must have previous Chief Finance Officer /controllership experience for an INGO and representing the organization with donors

·      Minimum 6 years’ senior management experience in an international non profit or similar setting and demonstrated leadership in a diverse management and operational role including analytic capabilities and strategic planning

·      Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead high performing teams, motivate and develop others

·      General human resource knowledge, including policy and human resource management

·      Highly developed communication skills and excellent command of English language, both written and spoken.

·      Commitment to humanitarian principles and transparency international’s values

·      This position is open for international recruitment

 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with only Cover Letter, CV and 3 references to Email address: jobskenya@filmaid.org on or before 30th of September 2016 and clearly indicate on the subject line as ‘Deputy Country Director’ and stating your expected remuneration for this role.

Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

FilmAid at Lincoln Center Global Exchange

FilmAid Outreach Facilitator, Khuzama Alzoubi leading a Film Based Workshop in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. July, 2016.

FilmAid Outreach Facilitator, Khuzama Alzoubi leading a Film Based Workshop in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. July, 2016.

FilmAid is proud to announce our participation in the 2016 Lincoln Center Global Exchange, an invitation-only gathering of world leaders and change agents devoted to exploring the role of art and culture in addressing critical challenges facing our collective future. FilmAid founder, Caroline Baron, will join Michael Bloomberg, Samantha Power, David Miliband, Stephen Daldry, David Rubenstein among other prominent art and humanitarian industry leaders on the main stage of the conference to explore how art can heal the wounds and divisions of conflict. 

Following the main stage event, FilmAid will lead a Studio Session to engage participants in a Film-Based Workshop using the film He Named Me Malala. Attendees will help unleash the power of great storytelling with an immersive film-based workshop focused on enabling refugee girls to be the authors of their own future and the protagonists in their own empowerment.  FilmAid facilitators will expose leaders to FilmAid’s theory of change, enabling the audience members to unlock the power of storytelling and unpack representations in the film to spark an animated discussion about their own experiences and roles in addressing the global refugee crisis, with a special emphasis on the experiences and challenges of refugee girls. FilmAid is honored by the opportunity to demonstrate how film can unleash the potential for social change and to showcase unique and effective art-based solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Through dynamic dialogue and powerful performance, this conference bridges disciplines and geographies to help move the arts to the center of international discourse.

Following the conference, Image Nation Abu Dhabi will host a reception in honor of FilmAid and our recent collaboration in Jordan to bring He Named Me Malala to young refugee girls and women fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Visit the Lincoln Center Global Exchange website for more details and stay tuned for photos and updates from this distinguished event! 

Job Posting: Director of Development

About FilmAid International

FilmAid was founded by independent filmmakers in 1999 in response to the refugee crisis during and after the Kosovo War. It is perhaps best known for its original program model: mobile screenings of beloved comedies and other entertainment to provide psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugee children, youth and others suffering the effects of trauma and displacement. Nearly two decades later, FilmAid is an innovative leader in humanitarian and crisis communications, using a community-based approach to create and distribute life-saving information to refugees in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Using film, radio and journalism created by refugees, FilmAid engages communities with dignity and respect, providing information about their rights, safety, health and well-being. Alongside public information campaigns, FilmAid trains young people in all aspects of storytelling and communications, empowering the next generation to advocate for their own rights and community needs. More information is available at filmaid.org

Position 

FilmAid International is seeking a Director of Development in its New York City Headquarters. The Director of Development will report directly to the Managing Director. FilmAid currently has roughly $2.7M in program activities in East Africa and the Middle East with the ambitious goal of expanding our response to the refugee crisis in both regions.

The Director of Development will plan and oversee the execution of all development efforts in support of FilmAid's strategic goals, including but not limited to the maintenance and growth of FilmAid's existing base of private support, and the expansion of foundation and corporate support. The Director will be responsible for planning and overseeing current domestic and international fundraising activities. Activities include annual events in the US and Europe, online and direct mail fundraising campaigns, corporate partnerships, donor visits, celebrity-driven campaigns, and grant solicitations. Director will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all donor-related communications material, as well as external and internal reporting and database management.

Director must be a passionate and flexible manager, who is excited by the opportunity to grow the impact of a unique and innovative organization. Candidate must be ready to work in close collaboration with the Managing Director and with a lean, but highly motivated team consisting of a development associate and a group of specialized consultants.

Responsibilities

  • Further develop and execute FilmAid's annual fundraising plan including overseeing the planning and implementation of all fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Supervise the development and execution of donor-related communications including direct mail, email newsletters, social media activity, and web and print publications.
  • Expand existing financial support from individuals, foundations, governments, UN agencies and corporations.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and key funders.
  • Develop and maintain FilmAid's Global Aritsts Council and Advisory Council.
  • Manage FilmAid's Salesforce database and track donor engagement activities.
  • Track monthly and quarterly revenue against goals stipulated in the development plan.
  • Track all proposals, applications and reports for foundation, individual, corporate, government and UN agency funding.
  • Develop and execute donor visits to FilmAid programs in East Africa and the Middle East.

Qualifications

  • BA (required), MA (a plus).
  • 5-plus years experience in development.
  • Strategic thinker with proven management skills.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Experience working with diverse colleagues in multiple time zones.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute donor-focused communications strategies and implement multi-platform fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience in event production.
  • Proven ability to solicit and close financial agreements with donors.
  • Experience with soliciting and maintaining government, foundation and corporate partnerships.
  • Experience managing celebrity relationships and private sector partnerships.

Ideal Candidate

Please clearly state in your cover letter how your qualifications and experiences make you the ideal candidate for this position. Below are the key qualities of an ideal candidate.

  • Background in international development and/or humanitarian affairs.
  • Passion for and knowledge of the creative arts - film, photography, writing, visual art, digital media.
  • Familiarity or experience with arts-related, or uniquely innovative, interventions in an international context.
  • Extensive experience in soliciting and expanding foundation support, including grant writing and reporting.
  • Extensive experience soliciting and managing relationships with corporate funders.
  • Experience maintaining and growing a base of private support.
  • Experience as a passionate, flexible, and solutions-based manager.

How to Apply

Email Applications to jobs@filmaid.org

Subject Line: Application Director of Development - Your Name

FilmAid will not accept applications without a cover letter.

Annual Salary $85,000 + Benefits. No relocation costs will be provided.

Applications are due by COB Friday, September 2, 2016.

Start date on/about October 3, 2016.

Application deadline September 2, 2016

Press Release: FilmAid International and the International Olympic Committee Screen Olympics Live in Kakuma Refugee Camp

FilmAid International is proud to announce a partnership with the International Olympic Committee to broadcast the Olympic Games in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Kakuma, home to over 200,000 people, will be represented in Rio by five remarkable athletes who have earned their place on the Refugee Olympic Team. Through the generosity of the IOC and the UN High Commission for Refugees, FilmAid will be able to broadcast the Olympic Games for the community in Kakuma so they can celebrate their friends’, neighbors’ and fellow refugees’ achievement, and cheer them on as they go for gold. Amnesty International is also supporting the initiative.

"The participation of a refugee team at the Rio Olympics is a great moment of global solidarity. It’s fitting that the people of Kakuma can watch athletes from their refugee camp represent them, and refugees everywhere, on the world stage. If the Olympics can welcome refugees, so can we all.” Said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Kakuma means “nowhere” in Swahili. And nothing represents the spirit of the Olympics better than supporting the inspiring tenacity of these five young athletes who have literally come from ‘nowhere’ and struggled against heartbreaking challenges to compete at the highest level of their individual sports. Enabling the people who live in Kakuma, many of whom have lived in the camp for more than a decade, to see their community and their experience as refugees represented on the international stage is something truly remarkable.

FilmAid’s Managing Director, Keefe Murren said this about the partnership: “We applaud the IOC for giving refugee athletes a chance to compete, for calling attention to the refugee crisis and for recognizing the need to support communities of displaced people around the world who not only deserve to be treated with dignity, but also have so much to contribute to the rest of the world if only given the chance.”

Background       

For the first time ever, a refugee team will be competing at the Olympic Games under the Olympic flag.  Ten refugee athletes will act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide and bring global attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis, when they take part in the Olympic Games this summer, in Rio.

FilmAid, along with other key partners such as UNHCR and Amnesty International want to enable the refugee community in Kakuma, many of whom wouldn’t normally have the ability to watch the global event, to watch their team compete live with the rest of the world. Refugees will now have a place as they support their team. Competing as global citizens for the first time.

The live stream will begin with the Olympics opening ceremony on August 5th and continue until August 21st 2016.

Notes to Editors:

About FilmAid

FilmAid was founded by independent filmmakers in 1999 in response to the refugee crisis during and after the Kosovo War. It is perhaps best known for its original program model: mobile screenings of beloved comedies and other entertainment to provide psychological relief and much-needed hope to child refugees and others suffering the ravages of trauma and displacement. Nearly two decades later, FilmAid is an innovative leader in humanitarian and crisis communications, using a community-based approach to create and distribute life-saving information to refugees in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Using film, radio and journalism created by refugees, FilmAid engages communities with dignity and respect, providing information about their rights, safety, health and well-being. Alongside public information campaigns, FilmAid trains young people in all aspects of storytelling and communications, empowering the next generation to advocate for its own rights and community needs. Connect to FilmAid at filmaid.org, @filmAid and at facebook.com/filmaid.

About FilmAid and the Kenya refugee community

In Kenya, FilmAid works with refugee and local communities in informal settlements and other parts of Nairobi, in Kakuma refugee camp and the greater Turkana County, and in Dadaab refugee settlements. By January 2015, Kenya was hosting more than 585,000 refugees and asylum seekers. (UNHCR Report 2015)

FilmAid Kenya reaches over 400,000 people annually with life-saving health and protection information.

 

About Kakuma

Located in northwestern Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Camp is currently home to over 200,000 people (UNHCR June 2016). The population is predominately Somalis and South Sudanese, with smaller contingents from Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Dem. Rep. of Congo, amongst others. These men, women and children have been forced to seek refuge in Kenya from the terrors of conflicts, ethnic violence and atrocities occurring in their homelands.

Further information and contacts

FilmAid website: FilmAid.org

FilmAid New York

Keefe Murren, Managing Director

kmurren@filmaid.org

FilmAid Kenya

Magu Ngumo, Creative & Content Director

nmagu@filmaid.org

About UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, including the right to education. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

A Powerful Collaboration with the Silk Road Project and Participant Media

“Art is about opening up to possibility and possibility links to hope, and we all need hope.” - The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

FilmAid recently teamed up with Participant Media and the Silk Road Ensemble to create and implement a series of screenings and workshops with refugee youth in Jordan. We are thrilled to be working with Silk Road. They are not only an inspiring ensemble of musicians and artists, but an equally incredible group of educators and activists who have been conducting workshops around the world. Leveraging the expertise and enthusiasm of two great organizations like Silk Road and Participant Media, FilmAid was able to create and are now beginning to implement a three month series of screenings and workshops supporting Syrian refugee youth. The workshops use the film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardomas a starting point for helping refugee youth tell their own stories through art and music. The workshop and screening series kicked-off on June 6th with a visit by Kevork Mourad, a Syrian artist and Chinese pipa virtuoso and composer Wu Man.

"We know that music cannot stop a bullet or feed the hungry, but it can bring empathy and joy to places where they are in short supply." - The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble 

"We know that music cannot stop a bullet or feed the hungry, but it can bring empathy and joy to places where they are in short supply."The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble 

FilmAid caught up with Kevork this past weekend to talk to him about his experience, but like many who work with refugee youth, he had a hard time conveying the contradictory feelings of heartbreak and hope. “I don’t know how to describe it. It’s very moving to see that they are surviving with nothing... I wanted to go and do the workshops and just tell them this workshop is about your story. I want to hear your story... but even more, I wanted to know [through this experience] more about how we can help these kids.” The workshops are built around the idea that stories can be told in many different ways. We believe that refugee youth need to be given the support to tell their stories as a way of understanding both what they experienced and how they can shape how other people understand their experience. For many refugee youth, telling their own story from their own perspective can be extremely challenging. As Kevork puts it, “At first I spent maybe two hours just figuring out, how can we help. I felt like they were so reserved. Either they were afraid, or they were so reserved because they are in a different county. They cannot just freely express themselves about what happened. So I feel like this storytelling idea [of using art and music instead of words] was a good way to start.” And his experience during the workshops proves that point: “I recorded a couple of girls singing and I was in tears. Not only me but many of our members were crying because this song reflected exactly what they were trying to say.” The simple insight that art and music can be avenues for dialogue and understanding, especially where words feel inadequate, along with the Silk Road Project’s experience and expertise has made this collaboration particularly powerful.

Together with Participant and Silk Road, we will be screening Morgan Neville’s beautiful film The Music of Strangers, which tells the story of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and explores the creative potential of cultural exchange across borders and cultures. At its heart, the film asks the very difficult questions, what is culture? What is home? What can we as individuals do in the face of revolutions and cultural dislocation? In many ways, the music workshops with youth answer that question in the same way that the film does. Film, art, music and culture are intrinsically about exchange and dialogue. Art and culture are part of every human society because they allow for difficult subjects and painful experiences to be discussed and shared in ways that ultimately foster hope and support community resilience. As one participant in the film says, “Art is about opening up to possibility and possibility links to hope, and we all need hope.”

FilmAid is committed to continuing the work that we’ve started with Silk Road and Participant. We have added further partners who bring their own expertise and experience. We will be working with several local Jordanian NGOs who have been operating inside and outside the camps in Jordan since the crisis began 5 years ago. As part of the program, we will bring local artists and musicians to continue the workshops begun by Kevork and Wu Man. As Kevork says, “I think our role is - as much as possible - to work with their own culture and help them be aware of their own culture and identity. I think that is our role, to feed them with whatever they are missing.”

Kevork is currently working on a video that captures some of his and the young people’s experience over the course of the workshops.

Check out the Music of Strangers Trailer below and get out to the cinema to see it. It goes into wide release this week.

 

 

Participant Media, FilmAid International and Silkroad to Engage Syrian Refugees with Morgan Neville’s THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

Silkroad Artists Conduct Workshops in Urban Communities and Refugee Camps in Jordan

Los Angeles – June 13, 2016 – Participant Media, FilmAid International and Silkroad have joined forces to bring a series of arts workshops and film screenings to Syrian refugees and locals in Jordanian communities and camps. Inspired by the new documentary from Academy Award®-winner Morgan Neville, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, the program will offer in-depth arts experiences to an estimated 1,000 children and adults who have been displaced by the conflict in Syria. Two Silkroad artists featured in the film were in Jordan last week leading the first set of workshops: Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a Chinese lute, and Kevork Mourad, a New York-based visual artist originally from Syria.

The program, which runs through the end of August, is inspired by the belief that the freedom to create art, tell stories and express identity is a basic human right. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the founder and artistic director of Silkroad and one of the musicians featured in the film, says that the role of art and culture is even more essential in a moment of crisis. “The arts,” explains Ma, “give us perspective, and the capacity for empathy and humility. They keep us open, and offer new ways to connect in the face of fragmentation and friction.”

 

This collaboration between Participant, FilmAid and Silkroad extends many of the ideas explored in The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, in U.S. theaters starting June 10 from The Orchard, and followed by a broadcast premiere on HBO. Through the journeys of five Silkroad artists from across the world, the documentary explores the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. 

The workshops, which will be presented in conjunction with an Arabic-language version of The Music of Strangers, are structured around sharing stories through visual art and music. Workshop participants, who include a wide range of ages including teens and children, will join in art-making activities and conversation about creativity across borders and in times of crisis.

Director Morgan Neville said,  “We set out to make a musical film looking at the ideas of tradition and home.  We didn’t foresee that it would take us to a refugee camp in Jordan, where those ideas are absolutely essential. I am so grateful that our film will find its way back to that most special audience”.

FilmAid Managing Director Keefe Murren added, “Art, culture, film and music are humanitarianism in action. Supporting the work of artists and the cultural expression of displaced communities is essential to ensuring that refugees are treated with the same dignity and respect that every person on the planet deserves.”

FilmAid International recently also implemented a screenings program for Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala, another Participant Media documentary, in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.

PHOTO/ Wu Man, Silkroad Ensemble musician. Follow her on Twitter here

PHOTO/ Wu Man, Silkroad Ensemble musician. Follow her on Twitter here

About Participant Media

Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/). Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook.

About FilmAid International

FilmAid International is a humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power of film to inform, educate and inspire refugees around the world. Since 1999, FilmAid has worked to enhance the effectiveness of aid delivery, knowledge transfer, community resilience, and behavior change through community-based communications campaigns in complex emergencies in East Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and beyond. FilmAid’s community-centered methodology enables refugees, NGOs, government partners and UN agencies to create more effective, more targeted and more measurable communications campaigns that can materially improve the lives of refugees around the world. Connect to FilmAid at filmaid.org, @filmAid and at facebook.com/filmaid.

About Silkroad

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Since 2000, the musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble have led Silkroad’s work to connect the world through the arts, focusing in three areas: musical performances, learning programs, and cultural entrepreneurship. Representing dozens of nationalities and musical traditions, Silkroad musicians model new forms of cultural understanding through performances, workshops, and residencies. These global artists draw on the rich tapestry of traditions that make up our many-layered contemporary identities. 

 

The Ensemble performs throughout the world, and has recorded six albums. Its new album, Sing Me Home, was developed and recorded alongside the new documentary feature The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville — coming to U.S. theaters in June 2016.