World Refugee Day2018-06-15T14:39:32-05:00

World Refugee Day
June 20, 2018

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we celebrate the resilience, courage and strength of refugees worldwide.

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s 2018 World Refugee Day Message:

Displaced People
Are Refugees
Are Children

POV is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films, premiering 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. The films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling, and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

For World Refugee Day in June 2018, POV is highlighting five films that capture the Syrian refugee crisis from the vantage points of filmmakers around the world. The first, Dalya’s Other Country, follows a young Syrian girl and her mother displaced by the conflict at home as they adjust to their new life in Los Angeles. 4.1 Miles, an Oscar-nominated short, shows a small Greek town on the sea and the coast guard’s daily efforts at saving thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In the short film From Damascus to Chicago, two young Syrian siblings resettle in Chicago and enroll in a dance class, while their family navigates a new city and new country.

The last two films in the series, The War Show and Last Men in Aleppo (nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the 2018 Academy Awards), follow the collateral damage of the Syrian civil war. Captured through the lens of radio host Obaidah Zytoon, The War Show is a wrenching chronicle that starts with the country’s protests in 2011 and the youth that fueled them, then follows its descent into violent conflict. Last Men in Aleppo unveils the war’s terrifying aftermath, and the volunteer rescue workers and first responders known as the White Helmets who stayed behind to pull their neighbors from the rubble.

These award-winning films are available for organizations to borrow for free through the POV Community Network. Along with a DVD of the film, POV provides a discussion guide, lesson plan and suggested reading list to help group leaders facilitate community conversations and provide context for the film. In addition to the Syrian films, over 150 films from past seasons are available for screenings, including the following that feature refugee stories:

There are just a few quick steps to register a screening and borrow DVDs:

  1. Join the POV Community Network. Check your inbox for a link to confirm your email address. A member of our team will approve your registration within 1 business day.
  2. Request: Once approved, log in to your account and click “My Events” to register a screening.

Questions? Email the POV Engage team at or call 212-989-8121. Follow on Twitter @povengage.

World Refugee Day Resources