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Global Migration Film Festival



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  • Brother Michael
  • Beth Wishart Mackenzie
  • Two boys on sidewalk talking and laughing
  • Brothers in Buddha Film Poster, a documentary produced and directed by Beth Wishart MacKenzie

Shannon, Queen's Square | December 4, 2020

Each year during the first weeks of December, film lovers from across the globe unite through the screenings of the Global Migration Film Festival. Sponsored by the United Nations Migration agency, the IOM, this festival features films that ‘capture the promise and challenges of migration, and the unique contributions that migrants make to their new communities’. The stated goal of the Global Migration Film Festival is to ‘pave the way for greater discussion around one of the greatest phenomena of our time.’

This year, Idea Exchange is participating in the GMFF through the screening of Brothers in the Buddha. This Canadian film tells the story of Michael, a seventeen-year-old Vietnamese Canadian boy who is pursuing life as a Buddhist monk, while still treading the path of adolescence in Canada. Michael, who has one foot clearly placed in the culture and tradition of his family’s culture of origin, also balances the other in his life as a Canadian teen.  Join us virtually for this screening on Thursday, December 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00.

After the film screening we will enjoy a Q&A with the filmmaker, Beth Wishart Mackenzie and Brother Michael himself, so come ready to engage!