About the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival

About the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival

An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes by conflict or persecution. Knowing this fact, you may feel powerless. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has long been on the front lines where refugees come face-to-face with the suffering that is inevitably experienced by all who are displaced from their homes in over 130 countries. These activities are supported through donations from the people of Japan.

UNHCR Japan and Japan for UNHCR strive to showcase the strength in the midst of adversity that each person who has been displaced from their home possesses, in the lineup of this year’s 13th Refugee Film Festival. Refugees are not only in faraway countries disconnected from our lives, but they are actual people and we hope this film festival provides the catalyst to realize the support and friendship that we can demonstrate. We are gathering supporters around the cause of refugees at each and every venue.

This year’s festival theme is “Watch! Think! Act!” Please come join us at the Refugee Film Festival and take a first step to support refugees.

Dirk Hebecker
UNHCR Representative in Japan

Saburo Takizawa
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan for UNHCR




UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.




About Japan for UNHCR

Japan for UNHCR was registered as a “Nintei” NPO (a Non-Profit Organization designated by the National Tax Agency to be given special tax status) in June 2003 which means that contributions are tax deductible in Japan.