According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there were 65 million uprooted people in the world by 2015. Among them, 16 million refugees or people displaced for war exploits, 50% of whom are under the age of 18 and 50 % who come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia.

An eclectic audience

The association proposes two types of projection according to the season, but also the themes of the films programmed: there are open-air projections (all public) as well as indoor screenings with a targeted audience (women or children). This way, the films of the association are addressed to all, for a multi-confessional public of Iraqi or Syrian nationalities. The projected films are dubbed or subtitled in Arabic.

In 2016, nearly 12,000 spectators, mostly children, sat down in front of the screen during the 137 screenings organized by the association. Since early 2017, there has already been 101 screens for more than 9,000 spectators.

For a diversified cinema program

Screened films are family films, mostly comedies and cartoons, action films, in total in 2016, 38 different movies and many short films. Some films are chosen in consultation with local NGOs to target audiences in the afternoon, especially for women. The final of the Champions League 2016 and the football Euro 2016 were also projected, as well as cultural events such as the diffusion of the film Henri V on behalf of the British Council, on the occasion of the celebrating of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. A strong collaboration with the French Institut in Erbil has allowed the association to program cinematographic events such as the "Fête du court-métrage", the Animation Film Festival and the "Fête du Cinéma" in 2016.

Since the association has existed, the public has walked in the footsteps of Aladdin, laughed at Charlie Chaplin and Mister Bean's jokes while becoming the classmates of Wadjda. The biggest of them enjoyed the confidences of the beauty salon of Caramel and will accompany the women of the bus 678 during our next sessions.

Besides, it will be important in the coming months to broadcast documentaries about the history of the Mesopotamian region. The programmed documentaries will focus on architecture, music, dance, traditional arts and contemporary creation.