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Movies that Matter: Refugees: Who Needs Them?

  • Jul 15, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Join us for a one-off screening of Refugees: Who Needs Them?, with a special introduction from Fathi Ben Khalifa, a key character in the film and President World Amazigh Congress. Fathi Ben Khalifa has also kindly agreed to answer our questions after the screening. 

The movie, shot in 2012, takes a close look at the treatment of and attitude towards refugees here in the Netherlands, and is featured as part of our Movies that Matter film series.

As the debate on immigration rages across the Netherlands and Europe, the Dutch government invites some refugees in. Five of these invited refugees wonder if the continent that reluctantly accepted them is actually involved in creating the conditions that made them flee in the first place. Refugees: Who Needs Them?, shot over the course of 2011, is an entertaining, often humorous and ultimately moving film experience on new arrivals from Libya, Ethiopia, China and Bhutan.

Eating herring, celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Amsterdam and sailing on one of the Gay Pride boats: ‘selected refugees’ Fathi, Li Hzu, Fasil, Renuka and Jigme do their very best to assimilate Dutch culture as soon as possible. Their political or religious opinions and ethnic background put them at risk in their country of origin. Having found a second home in the Netherlands, they try to make a contribution to its society. Are these refugees a danger to our Western culture or, on the contrary, do we need them real bad?

Netherlands, The 2012, 75 min. 

Documentary, Video, C

Spoken language: English, Dutch

Subtitles: English

Director: Miles Roston

Producers: Keydocs ( and Ethan Films ( )

Entry: 4 euros

We are happy to organise this interesting event in collaboration with Ethan Films and Movies that matter. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  • Naz T.

    If you are interested in the upcoming screening events of "Refugees: Who Needs Them?", please follow them on facebook:

    July 16, 2014

  • Lucy T.

    Thanks so much to all of you for coming and making the event so successful -- we had a full house! Photos up here -

    2 · July 16, 2014

  • Naz T.

    Thank you for joining us last night, it was a very interesting event.

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Perle L.

    Really good film especially enjoyed the Q&A with director and refugee featured in the film it was really insightful!

    2 · July 16, 2014

  • Naz T.

    Hello everyone, we have great news!!

    The director, Miles Roston, is also going to join us tomorrow night for the introduction and debate.

    3 · July 14, 2014

    • Lucy T.

      Really looking forward to it :)

      1 · July 14, 2014

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