The Dublin office of the MUDEM Refugee Support Centre organised a movie screening event on 16 May 2019 at the Graduates Memorial Building in Trinity College Dublin. Partnering with the Yunus Emre Institute in Trinity College and the Embassy of Turkey in Dublin.
The event was attended by journalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations in Dublin, as well as the Ambassadors of Pakistan, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Morocco, Colombia, Chile, Switzerland and Diplomatic Officials of many other countries. 170 people in total attended the event.
Speakers at the event included Ambassador Levent Burhan, the film director Andaç Haznedaroğlu, the Enstitüsü London Representative Yunus Emre, Mehmet Karakuş and İbrahim Kavlak who is the General Coordinator of the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Immigrants (SGDD). They collectively shared the phenomenon that immigration is not only the responsibility of the country of origin and neighboring countries, it is an important issue for all humanity.
MUDEM Dublin Director Ecem Akarca explained that they had organised the event in order to raise awareness around the reality of a growing asylum seeker-refugee.
Prior to the movie screening, the event began with a reception and Photography Exhibition “Migration from the Cameras of Refugee Women”. The Tukish Embassy provided Turkish appetizers and drinks during the reception. After the movie screening, a Questions and Answers session was held with the director of the film where she shared her own experiences.
WHAT IF A WAR BREAKS OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY TOMORROW? WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
“The Guest” tells the story of a ten-year-old girl, Lena, who has lost her family in a war. The film follows Lena along with her sister and their neighbour Meryem as well as other immigrants they meet along the way.
It showcases Meryem and Lena overcoming the hurdles of living in a big city in a foreign country; both becoming heroines of their story. The film enables viewers to have a better understanding of Syrian refugees' feelings and the harsh reality they face everyday.
Many of the stories depicted in film are happening everyday to refugees around the world.
Awareness-Raising Training for Employees of Tech Companies in Dublin
MUDEM-RSC Ireland Representative Office organized awareness training which targeted experts working in technology companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Airbnb. The event focused on terminology, fake news, latest migration data and the importance of volunteering.
As the event closed, participants discussed how they can contribute and potential project ideas.
A mini project which came out of the event is that the participants prepared postcards with their own handwriting and conveyed their best wishes to the refugee children living in Turkey.