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UNAOC and IOM present PLURAL + Youth Video Festival

A film evening was organised on Saturday at the Liber’the cultural cafe in Tunis, on the presentation of the PLURAL + Youth Video Festival aimed at encouraging young people from all over the world to share their vision on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion.

This event was also an opportunity to appeal to young Tunisians to participate actively in the 10th edition of the festival.

Created since 2009, at the joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the festival PLURAL + targets young people up to 25 years of age from all over the world by inviting them to express their opinions on the issues of social integration and the fight against racism and thereby play their role as agents of positive social change in a world often marked by intolerance and cultural divisions.

On this subject, the initiator of the PLURAL + Festival within UNAOC, Jordi Torrent told TAP the reception of the videos (of a minimum duration of 1mn and maximum of 5mn) for the 2018 edition of the festival will begin at the end of February 2018 and continue until June 7, 2018.

Torrent said the aim of the festival is to provide a platform for international video distribution by young people on the topics of migration, social inclusion and the fight against xenophobia

Regarding awards, the official indicated that prizes are divided into 3 categories according to the age of the participants: a first category concerns young people up to 12 years, a second category for 13 to 17 years, and the third category for 18 to 25 years old.

“The 3 winners of the PLURAL + awards will each receive US $ 1,000 at the 2018 Fall Awards Ceremony in New York,” he added.

For her part, IOM’s mission chief in Tunisia, Lorena Lando said through this festival, IOM seeks to sensitize society on the status of migrants through the eyes of young people to know their vision, underlining that the mini-videos offer a very sincere look at young people on issues considered “adult”.

Lando seized this opportunity to appeal to young Tunisians to participate in this festival, noting, in this context, that since the creation of PLURAL + the participation of Maghreb youth remains low compared to young people from Europe or the Middle East.

A series of winning videos in the category (18-25 years old) of the 2017 edition were screened during this evening.

Since 2009, more than 1500 participants from 110 countries have participated in the PLURAL + Youth Video Festival.

Winning videos have been screened at dozens of film festivals and broadcast on television networks around the world.

In 2017, PLURAL + received 320 videos from 167 countries.

Source: TAP News Agency

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