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今日は、10月6日金曜日にテンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)の学生ラウンジ「The Parliament」で行われた、国連UNHCR難民映画祭(RFF)2017 学校パートナーズ上映会の模様をお伝えします。会場に詰めかけた学生、教職員、外部来場者含む約100人がドキュメンタリー映画「ナイスピープル」を鑑賞しました。TUJは今年、RFF学校パートナーズに初の参加となり、本上映会は日本校設立35周年記念イベントの一環として開催されました。以下、レポートはコミュニケーション学科4年のニコラス・シーグリーブスさんです。（本文は、英語です）
by Nicholas Seagreaves (senior communications studies major and study-abroad student for fall 2017 from Temple Main Campus)
About 100 students, faculty, and special guests packed into the TUJ Parliament Student Lounge on Friday, October 6 to view the documentary film “Nice People,” screened by Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) as part of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival (RFF) 2017. This was TUJ’s first time being a school partner of this festival. The film screening was as a part of a series of events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of TUJ.
The UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. The goal of the RFF is to expose the viewers to real life stories of refugees around the world.
Dean Bruce Stronach welcomed the crowd and expressed how proud he was that TUJ partnered with UNHCR on this initiative and hoped that this partnership can continue in the future.
Then Associate Professor Ron Carr (Film and Media Arts) gave insight into the making of documentaries about subjects as sensitive as refugees. He recalled a documentary film he worked on about a girl from Beirut.
Finally, Assistant Professor Masaki Kakizaki (Political Science) spoke about the issue of refugees and suggested that it needs to be brought to the forefront of international discussion.
“Nice People” follows the lives of a group of Somalin refugees living in Sweden who came together to form a Somalin National Bandy team to compete in the World Championships in Russia in 2014. Somali has been struggling through a civil war since 2009 that has, according to a 2016 world report, left nearly 500,000 Somali people dead and around one million people displaced. Sweden and other countries agreed to accept Somali refugees. Patrik Andersson an entrepreneur tried to bring together Swedes and the Somali refugee communities. He came up with the idea of having the Somalis form a Bandy team and competing in the 2014 World Championships. Somalia had never had a Bandy team, and most Somalis had never even heard of the sport. The movie shows the team’s struggle to learn how to play, to gain funds to go to Russia, and to compete in the championships.
Although the Somalis lost every game they played and only scored two goals during the competition, their story is uplifting. The men on the team were proud of playing for their country. The movie had jokes and funny moments throughout, but gave a touching look at the world of refugees. Hopefully this movie and the other films being shown during the film festival will entice viewers to help refugees.
Nicholas Seagreaves, is a study aboard student from Temple main campus currently at TUJ for the Fall of 2017. He also is a writer and photographer for The Temple News, the student run newspaper at main campus, and for Freely Magazine. Nicholas enjoys photography, playing soccer, and volunteering with children.