The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to host the first in-person Global Migration Film Festival in Washington, D.C. since 2019!


Doors open at 5 p.m. Program starts at 5:30 p.m.

– Welcome remarks from Liz Lizama, Head of IOM Washington Communications

Video message from Nihal Saad, Chief of Cabinet & Spokesperson for the High-Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) 

– Preview of 2022 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival winnersFor the past 14 years, the UNAOC and IOM have invited youth filmmakers from around the world to submit short videos that explore the topics of migration, diversity, social inclusion and the prevention of xenophobia. Join us for a special presentation of select 2022 winning videos:

  • • “Adventure in Other Seas” by Daniel Anaya, Diego López, Ariel Pino and Paula Sánchez (Spain) 
  • • “Holding on to the Corn” by Itzia Crespo, Luke Simmons and Karina Domínguez (United States of America) 
  • • “My Voice Me Too” by Angela Chiquin Chitay and Robinson Yat (Guatemala) 


– Remarks from Brenden Varma, Deputy Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, D.C.

– Feature presentation of Buoyancy filmInspired by actual events, a 14-year-old Cambodian boy becomes a victim of human trafficking when he is enslaved on a fishing trawler. The film director will provide introductory remarks before the screening. 

– Remarks from Vincent Houver, IOM Washington Chief of Mission

– Q&A Panel DiscussionModerator: Anne Richard, USA for IOM Board Member and former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and MigrationPanelists:

  • Rodd Rathjen, Director of Buoyancy film  
  • Evelyn Chumbow, Operations Manager & Survivor Advocate with The Human Trafficking Legal Center
  • Marcia Eugenio, Director of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Food and Drink

A full, multi-course menu will be available for guests to purchase food and drinks directly from their seat before and during the film.

Directions and Parking

The theater is conveniently located next to the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood metro station. Guests can park in the Bryant Street underground garage, and Alamo will validate up to 4 hours of parking.

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