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Humanitarian Film Festival 26-27 May 2022

8:00 am - 5:00 pmGrand Pera Emek Sahnesi


1:00 pm - 1:00 pmHasköy İplik Fabrikası


1:00 pm - 1:00 pmChildren of the Altınözü Refugee Camp


8:00 am - 8:00 amFatih Ali Nar Secondary School


  • “There is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish.”

Today is International Women's Day. Women play a key role in every business they are in. They are strong leaders as well as change-makers. Women’s empowerment creates a better and more effective world. We all have a responsibility to take actions that will create a gender-equal world🌍

Here are seven women who have shaped history again in 2021⬆️

  • “War does not determine who is right, only who is left.”

The current situation of the war in Ukraine on innocent people…

The women who are afraid of losing their spouses; the children who are waiting helplessly, surrounded by the sounds of missiles that will create a heavy tragedy in their memories; the old people who suffer from seeing the lands of their country left in ruins.

Dear world, don't you think the people in Ukraine need more than guns?

  • Russian forces launched a military operation on the territory of Ukraine on February 24, and bombarded military targets near major cities. Ukraine’s President Zelensky announced that 137 people lost their lives on the first day of the invasion. Currently, many people in Ukraine are waiting in bunkers or underground metro stations. A full mobilization was declared in the country, in which all those who could hold a gun were called up for military service.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues from three directions. The Russian army is advancing from Belarus to the south, from the Crimea to the north, and from the Russian territory to the west. More than 4,000 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian attacks took refuge in Moldova.

We know that wars have no winners. In any war, the most affected group is, as always, the innocent civilians. We stand with the Ukrainian people and hope this war will end as soon as possible.

  • Today meet 'The Pianist of Yarmouk' 🎹

 “I tried to make my piano a bridge to transfer [what was happening],”

Palestinian-Syrian refugee Ayham Ahmad became a symbol of hope with videos of him playing the piano amid the rubble of the Yarmouk neighborhood in Damascus. Videos of Ahmad were broadcast through social media, reaching people across the world. Ahmad’s introduction to music came from his father, a blind cellist. When he was six, Ahmad was admitted to the Arab Institute, a music school in Damascus. 


Ahmad’s piano was eventually burned by Isis. His family’s music shop, which housed thousands of instruments – 1,200 ouds, 600 guitars, and pianos – was bombed to pieces by Syrian regime forces. In 2015, unable to carry on any longer, the pianist finally fled Syria and he now lives with his wife and two young sons in Germany.

📒Ahmad has also published a biography called "The Pianist of Yarmouk," in which he pushes back against the simplifications and misleading images that have become part of the war.

  • The strongest and most necessary emotion in this world is love. For example; Hiranur's love brought back life to a calf born prematurely and facing the risk of death🐄

The pregnant cow of Fatih Yıldırım, the headman of the Sofular Village of Sivas, suddenly fell ill. The calf was born one month early, weighing 10 kg after its mother fell ill, and veterinarians gave the animal only a 20 percent chance of survival.

Yıldırım brought the calf into his home to protect it from the cold, and began to look after the calf in a crate he had placed by the stove. 

At home, his five-year-old daughter, Hiranur, took a close interest in the animal. Over time, Hiranur and the calf, which she named Benekli (Spotted), became inseparable. The calf that Hiranur had been lovingly looking after soon recovered and stood up. While Benekli recovered, Hiranur did not leave its side.

Hiranur’s father:

‘‘Hiranur raised the calf in her arms. She takes care of it all the time and their bond is stronger than any of us. The calf follows Hiranur wherever she goes. Sometimes I come home and they’ve got tired while playing games and fallen asleep together. We cover them both,"

We wish that every child has a life in which they can protect and reflect the love and compassion in them.

  • You must have heard the saying that life is pregnant with miracles🍀Even if you haven't heard, today we are going to tell you a story that stretches from #Syria to #Norway. We should know that hope should never be lost in life, and that we must continue even if we encounter obstacles on the way to our dreams, because this is life.

Today, we will both suggest a movie, and talk about the story of Zain Al Rafeea, the lead actor of the film🎬

Lebanese director Nadin Labaki's film: Capernaum

Zain was a Syrian refugee when he was discovered on the streets of Beirut by director Nadine Labaki. He was born in Daraa, Syria in 2004, before his family moved to Lebanon in 2012. As a Syrian refugee, he grew up with his family in the slums of Beirut and worked as a courier. At the time of filming Capernaum, he was 12 years old and illiterate. He had no acting experience before the movie. However, he made an important contribution to the dialogue of the film, drawing on the refugee experience in Lebanon.

In November 2018, director Nadine Labaki reported that Al Rafeea's life had changed:

“Finally got the Norwegian passport. He settled in Norway. He's been there for the last three or four months. He is going to school for the first time in his life. He is learning to read and write. He regained his childhood. He is playing in a garden; He no longer plays with razors and garbage.”

@nadinelabaki @_zainalrafeea 

  • A tough story that started 6 years ago👈🏻

Saidullah Karimi, who came to Greece from Afghanistan 6 years ago, not only tries to hold on to life, but also inspires other refugees with the mini robot he produced with his own means. He decided to build a robot he named "Athens" in order to show the refugees what they can achieve when given the opportunity, and how they can be beneficial to society🦾

Regarding the troubles he went through when he first came to Athens, he said, "I had a very frustrating time. The economy is not good here, especially for refugees. Because we do not know the language. I also looked for an orthopedic workshop where I could practice my profession, but unfortunately I could not find it."

Saying that he produced the robot from completely recyclable waste materials, Karimi also stated that in this respect, the robot also carries a message about environmental awareness. Karimi pointed out that the robot, which has sensors in its eyes and can turn its head right and left by following hand movements, is a prototype, and expressed that if given the opportunity, the robot can be transformed into a tool that will support children with walking difficulties and teach them how to walk.

📌Karimi, who reads books, tells stories, and teaches lessons to children in the refugee camp on Samos Island, and has a great love for them, emphasized that refugee children living under difficult conditions need support.