Bienvenue au Réfugistan/ Welcome to Refugeestan

Bienvenue au Réfugistan/ Welcome to Refugeestan

 Our World, Our Lives / Notre monde, nos vies: A Documentary Series


Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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With Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France in Chicago and the United Nations Association USA - Greater Chicago Chapter • In French with English substitles

Bienvenue au Réfugistan/ Welcome to Refugeestan by Anne Poiret (2016, 72 min.)

A Burundian man steps off a bus in Tanzania and waits to be processed at a refugee camp. With no idea what lies ahead, other than the conviction that it must be better than what he left behind, he lines up and waits to be processed. Much to his chagrin, he has become one of the 17 million people around the world—equivalent to the population of Holland—who are unwanted, undesirable and unwelcome. In another word, a refugee.

“An essential exploration of both the refugee experience and the failures of a system that can keep people trapped and stateless for decades.” – Icarus Films

Before becoming the Consul General of France in Chicago in September 2017, Guillaume Lacroix worked at the Department of African and Indian Ocean Affairs in Paris, at the French Embassy in Tanzania and in the cabinets of French Foreign Affairs Ministers Laurent Fabius and Jean-Marc Ayrault as Counsellor for African Affairs.

The United Nations Association of the USA Greater Chicago Chapter (UNA-GCC) and its members work with foreign policy makers, political decision makers, schools, colleges, universities, non-profit and other organizations in the Greater Chicago Area to build knowledge, understanding, informed opinion, and new ideas on the United Nations and its specialized agencies.

Short film: Fragments by Carlos Cova (2016, 12 min., English)

Please note that our wine service begins at 6:00 p.m.


 Film Retrospective 2017-2018

 Our World, Our Lives / Notre monde, nos vies: A Documentary Series

At a time when alternative facts are all the rage, we return to cinéma-vérité and the documentary form at large to examine the world we live in and the people we live with.

Revisit works by seasoned French directors, such as New Wave's Agnès Varda, and discover some of the best of a booming new generation of filmmakers consistently singled out for praise by the international press.

Don't miss out on young Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short documentaries curated by the Chicago International Film Festival and presented prior to each feature. Join our guest speakers as they shed light on facts often stranger than fiction and become a critic during our post-screening discussions

Are you ready? Because anything can happen when you walk out, camera in hand, to meet reality…