Respect for refugees

The Arab Film Festival organizes in cooperation with Art & Culture Foundation the Respect Film Festival. This festival forms part of the Arab Film Festival and showcases short film portraits of refugees that are made by young adults.

Portraits of refugees

At the moment, the preparations for this projects are in full course. Festival director Rosh Abdelfatah and Amin Daci, director of Art & Culture Foundation, coach young people from high schools in Rotterdam in making a film portrait of refugees.

High school students usually don’t get to know refugees that easily. In the same time, they hear many stories about them via the media and social networks. This is the reason why we bring those two groups together via the Respect Festival.

Refugees vs young adults

The first encounter is a bit awkward. Who is this other person?! But as soon as the students are matched to one of the refugees, they start to feel more at ease. The goal of this project is that every youngster makes a short film portrait of ‘his’ refugee. The interview format gives them the freedom to ask any question they might think of. They have to portray the story of their lives in the end.

The film portraits of those refugees will be screened in public during the Respect Festival. The Respect Festival takes place during the Arab Film Festival at Cinerama. The film portraits will be evaluated by a professional jury and the best portrait will receive an award.

The Respect Festival is open to high school classes on Thursday afternoon 12 October. Are you interested in attending this part of the festival with a school class? Send an email to