RefuFilms Faraway Land

A few months ago, Madrid For Refugees hosted a Refufilms event, screening ‘Faraway Land’, a documentary directed by Josepmaria Anglès and Daniel Azpe, and shot in Athens in May 2017. Following the film screening, our very own events coordinator Juanfran convened a discussion between Angles, two refugee workers from Madrid; Jorge Villegas González and Esther Pérez Franco, and the audience, in order to reflect on the film’s content and explore some of the issues in …

RefuFilms: Faraway Land

A few months ago, Madrid For Refugees hosted a Refufilms event, screening ‘Faraway Land’, a documentary directed by Josepmaria Anglès and Daniel Azpe, and shot in Athens in May 2017. Following the film screening, our very own events coordinator Juanfran convened a discussion between Angles, two refugee workers from Madrid; Jorge Villegas González and Esther Pérez Franco, and the audience, in order to reflect on the film’s content and explore some of the issues in …

Looking back at the first year of Madrid For Refugees

By Christina Samson, President of Madrid For Refugees En español aquí It’s been a year since the big launch meeting for Madrid For Refugees (MFR). Over 80 people filled up a hall in Sol, eager with enthusiasm and big hearts. We’ve come a long way from that moment until now. From an idea that started when I met a remarkable Syrian refugee woman at a meeting, who opened my eyes to the local and global dimensions …

Una mirada retrospectiva al primer año de Madrid For Refugees

Por Christina Samson, Presidenta de Madrid For Refugees Hace ya un año desde la concurrida reunión de lanzamiento de Madrid For Refugees. Más de ochenta personas se congregaban en un vestíbulo de Sol, llenos de entusiasmo y corazón. Hemos llegado muy lejos desde entonces. A partir de una idea que comenzó cuando conocí en una reunión a una extraordinaria refugiada siria que me abrió los ojos a las dimensiones locales y globales de la crisis, a ser …

A Syrian Refugee, owner of revered eatery Al-Aga, tells his story

By Daniel Catalan, with contributions from Nanor Demirjian, Bana Shehadeh and Fares Ak Al-Aga, a hole-in-the-wall eatery of traditional cuisine and vendor of products used in Syrian kitchens, is owned by a 54-year old refugee. He requested to be called by his nickname, Abu-Issam, or simply as ‘a man from Syria’. As a man from Syria, he wants to represent his countrymen in a positive way in order to contradict the stereotypical ‘portrayal of Syrians …