On 19 November, IOM and United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)celebrated the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on social inclusion, migration and combating xenophobia in a gala dinner at the UN Headquarters in New York. In attendance were PLURAL+2018 winners, young media makers and past PLURAL+ winners as well as high-level government representatives.
“In PLURAL plus 2018 videos, I was very proud to see more and more young voices from diverse backgrounds telling stories that are thought-provoking and inspiring.”— IOM Director General António Vitorino.
The wining videos were selected out of more than 370 videos from 72 countries worldwide. This year’s winning videos come from: Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Czechia, Egypt, Greece, Guinea Bissau, India, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA, and Zimbabwe.
Keynote speeches were convened by Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Chaker Khazaal, a Palestinian-Canadian reporter, writer and speaker in which they highlighted their experiences as migrants and the obstacles they overcame to be accepted and be heard.
On 21 November, PLURAL+ celebrated its 10th anniversary and 2018 partner awards at the Paley Center for Media where past winners and young media and filmmakers attended the event.
A number of PLURAL+2018 partner awards’ winning videos were screened. Young media makers from all over the world gathered and celebrated their winning videos.
Present were organizations working on youth and media related issues as well as PLURAL+ partners.
This article was written by Rahma Gamil Soliman, Migration Officer for Media and Communications at the IOM Office to the UN. Photos are by Avery White.