5 Flicks on Those Forced to Flee Start Thursday at Refugee Film Fest

BANGKOK — From the youngest Nobel Laureate who survived Taliban assassins to a Jewish woman who fought to recover Nazi-looted artwork, UNHCR will host a five-day film fest starting Thursday.

To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, “He Named Me Malala” (2015), a documentary about Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai will show along with four other films highlighting the plight of refugees and migrants around the world.

Get a look inside a Syrian refugee camp from two American filmmakers who went inside to make 2015’s “Salam Neighbor,” and a female boxer in Afghanistan clashes with her country’s traditions in “Boxing for Freedom.

A lesser-known issue is explored in “Facing Extinction: Christians of Iraq” a 2009 documentary short centered around a persecuted Christian minority group in Iraq.


Aside from the four documentaries, “Woman in Gold” stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as a Jewish woman who fights to recover a famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.

The festival runs Thursday to Monday at Paragon Cineplex.

Admission is free. The movie schedule and ticket reservation information are available online.