(Korea Refugee Film Festival)
Korea Refugee Film Festival (KOREFF) is an annual, official event commemorating the UN-set World Refugee Day. It is hosted by the community of Korean refugee human rights organizations, the Refugee Human Rights Network, in order to reach and connect with citizens and refugees. The most accessible medium of film has been be used to introduce people to refugees’ stories, not through news or cases, but through their lives. Refugee activists and refugees in Korea themselves have selected movies for this cultural event. Due to COVID-19 and to ensure greater participation, this year’s KOREFF is an online film festival.
We Are All Connected: Beyond Distancing
The whole world is suffering due to COVID-19. Although everyone is confronted with this disaster, not everyone is exposed in the same way. Since COVID, selective implementation of disaster support policies, indiscriminate media coverage of minorities, and increased surveillance and racism are undermining the rights of minorities, including refugees.
Witnessing the fact that social distancing has gone beyond physical distance to social alienation, we ask about isolated lives before COVID. How can we ensure the safety of those who could not come out to the streets because they were refugees, those who have endured surveillance and identity checks, those constantly suspected and labelled as “fake,” those who are classified as incapable of living independently and locked into facilities for life, those who are not able to receive medical care due to fear of social stigma, or those who needed to isolate themselves because their mobility was not guaranteed?
COVID-19 is a disaster that cannot be overcome through stigma and the restriction of rights. Only when all people’s rights are guaranteed can we ensure our safety. “Mitakuye Oyasin” is a Native American maxim meaning that we are all connected. In this time of emergency, we need to go beyond social distancing, to strive for a sense of connection. The 2020 6th Korea Refugee Film Festival is coming to you with the message of “We Are All Connected: Beyond Distancing.”
Considering the safety of ‘all,’ we have decided to host this festival online. We hope that those who do not have the option of social distancing and those for whom quarantine and isolation are parts of their daily lives can participate in this festival. We hope this online format does not become another reason for separation, but a means for greater connection and access. We hope for an era of rights for all beyond distancing… We do not want to forget that we exist because you exist.
(HOST: Korea Refugee Rights Network, UNHCR Korea)
Korea Refugee Rights Network?
The Korea Refugee Rights Network was created in 2006 by Korean refugee-related organizations in order to legislate a new refugee law, beginning with basic research and debates. It had been called the Refugee Network or the Refugee Assistance Network, but from August 2018, we have changed its name to the Korea Refugee Rights Network. Its purpose is to protect the human rights of refugees in Korea, as well as stand against Korean society’s personal and collective discrimination of and hatred against vulnerable refugees.
The Korea Refugee Rights Network’s membership is composed of 28 groups and 4 special members, and we regularly hold meetings with the UNHCR and the Korean mission to share both domestic and foreign refugee-related issues. We also engage in civil liberty activities through the Working Group on issues such as refugee law, detention, children, entry and departure ports, treatment, education, etc.
In 2012, the organizations of the the Korea Refugee Rights Network’s have led a refugee law into enactment, and as a result, Korea was the first country in Asia to enact a refugee law. The Korea Refugee Rights Network has been actively involved to reform the Korean refugee protection policies as well as the perception of refugees in Korean society. Since 2011, it has campaigned on World Refugee Day (June 20th) to improve the public perception of refugees. In addition to advocating for the human rights of refugees, each organization has also held other events, including flash mobs, booth events, etc. every year to celebrate the 2015 June 20th World Refugee Day and to ensure that the issue of refugees is more accessible to a wider group of people.
*After Ticket Funding, you may watch the movie at this homepage in KOREFF period(13th June, - 27th June)
How to buy KOREFF tickets and merchandises
KOREFF is held annually by voluntary participation of refugee human rights activists and it is a non-profit film festival where the activists do not receive labor costs or seek profits.
Therefore, KOREFF is a film festival created by all members of our society who pursuits a new community in the global era. In order for the festival to take place every year and contribute to dissipate prejudice and misunderstanding, and promote coexistence, we sincerely need your support and participation.
*Before you participate, please read the information below:
1. The amount of money raised by tickets and merchandise is used only for the operation of the Korea Refugee Film Festival.
2. If you would like to have a donation receipt, please leave your alien registration number on an application form.
3. Please fill out your name that matches with your bank account name.
4. Once your funding is completed, we will send you a text message with a link and password to watch 7 refugee movies. It may take one or two days to confirm your payment.
5. Funding will end on June 26th, and films are available from June 13th to June 27th.
6. All merchandise will be produced after the festival and delivered to your address.
7. For the first 200 participants who transfer more than 15,000 KRW will additionally receive 5 postcards of Woo-sung Jung, the Goodwill Ambassador at the UN Refugee Agency.
The Reward Options
10,000 KRW = 7 Online Movies
15,000 KRW = 7 Online Movies + Postcard + Badge
20,000 KRW = 7 Online Movies + Postcard + Mobile Phone Holder
20,000 KRW = 7 Online Movies + Postcard + Masking Tape
35,000 KRW = 7 Online Movies + Postcard + Badge + Mobile Phone Holder + Masking Tape
1) BEYOND DISTANCING Postcard
-Material: matte coated paper (250g)
3) Mobile Phone Holder
-Material: black/white epoxy (heart-shaped grip)
-Printing: the epoxy material is expressed like water droplets. Unique and thick, warm toned and relatively light in color.
4) Masking Tape
-It is a reusable adhesive tape made of easy-to-tear paper backed with a relatively weak adhesive.
*The images above may differ from the actual products.
For any inquiries regarding the funding, please contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.