On 20th June 2020, #WorldRefugeeDay, former United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy-Chair of The Elders Ban Ki-moon, will open the Global Health Film Classics series with a special recorded message. In his address Ban Ki-moon will highlight the challenges of people who have been forcibly displaced around the world, in particular the #Rohingya people whose plight is the subject of the film Shanti Khana.
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations and, before becoming Secretary-General, he was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon is Deputy Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice and human rights.
Shanti Khana, which is narrated by Ashley Judd, had its World premiere at the 2018 Global Health Film Festival and screened at Cannes 2019. The documentary follows a day in the life of Minara, a young Rohingya woman as she navigates the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in search for some normalcy and peace.
UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem will close the film with a recorded message and introduce the panel discussion. Director, Lauren Anders Brown will be participating in the discussion for World Refugee Day, which includes Urmi Acharjee, a human rights lawyer and humanitarian currently working on the ground in Cox's Bazar, and Saiful, a Rohingya refugee who has been living in Cox’s Bazar since arriving during the influx of over 600,000 Rohingya in August 2017. The discussion will be moderated by Laura Cook, who has a Masters in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies and has worked and photographed the Rohingya crisis.
Register for the event here: Global Health Film Classics: Shanti Khana