Video recap of our 3rd UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Denver

Posted by UNA Denver on Monday, February 6, 2017


Saturday, Jan 28th

Posner Center, 1031 33rd Street, Denver CO 80205
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:10 Welcome to Refugeestan (Award Winning Documentary)
8:10-8:40pm Expert Panelists / Q&A
Panelists: Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Joe Horther and Nasibu Nizigiyimana
Moderator: Jasmina Bojic
Spoken Word Performer – Amal Kassir, TED Talk

100% of Proceeds go to support our Adopt-a-Future campaign to support the Somali Bantu Secondary school in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. UNA-USA has a direct partnership with UNHCR.

General Admission $30
UNA Member Admission $25
Student Admission Price $20

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UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Denver

Sunday, Jan. 29th, Sie FilmCenter. Panel and audience discussion after each film.
Sie Film Center  2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

  • 11:00 – 12:30pm – Sonic Sea  (Bahamas)
    Panelist: Director – Daniel Hinerfeld via Skype
  • 12:30 – 1:00pm – Boxed lunch provided in the Henderson Lounge
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm – SEED: The Untold Story (USA)
    Panelists: Lauren Howe (Manager of Community Engagement Slow Food Denver) and Ross Wells Rodgers (Living Seed Library)
  • 3:30 – 5:35pm – Clinica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness & Painted Nails (USA)
    Panelists: Tran Wills (Base Coat Nail Salon), Jim Garcia (Founder of Clinica Tepeyac), Catherine Chan (Immigration Lawyer)
  • 5:35 – 6:00pm – Networking break – appetizers and cash bar in the Henderson Lounge
  • 6:00 – 8:00pm – Children Deported: Farida (Afghanistan/Norway) & Cast from the Storm (Australia)
    Panelists: Betty Kessler Cocina (Color the Camps), Gayle Nosal (Nee Nee Productions), Brenda Herrera-Moreno (Youth Program Coordinator African Community Center), and Josh Russcol (Immigration Lawyer)
  • 8:00 – 8:30pm – Coffee/ tea and desserts in the Henderson Lounge



Guest Moderator: Jasmina Bojic

Lecturer/Film Critic/Founder and Executive Director Camera as witness Program

Conceived in 1998 at Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations. Association Film Festival (UNAFF) screens documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human rights, environmental themes, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. By bringing together filmmakers, the academic community and the general public, UNAFF offers a unique opportunity for creative exchange and education among groups and individuals often separated by geography, ethnicity and economic constraints. For more details please visit

Panelists: Joe Horther, Courtney Welton-Mitchell and Nasibu Nizigiyimana

Joe Horther, Integration Partnerships Coordinator – Colorado Refugee Services Program.
He has studied and worked in Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Morocco, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, China and Mongolia. He has an extensive background in nonprofit management, program management and training in diverse cultural settings. Joe received a M.Ed. in International Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. What intrigues him most about learning and bridging social capital initiatives, is finding the common threads that bring people from different cultural backgrounds together in their efforts to improve their own lives and communities

Courtney Welton-Mitchell, co-founder and director of the Humanitarian Assistance Research Group through the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also a Research Associate with the Institute of Behavioral Science’s Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Former faculty at the American University in Cairo, she has worked with camp-based and urban refugees, and other displaced persons, in several countries including Nepal, Tanzania, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Haiti.

Nasibu Ethan Nizigiyimana is a Burundian American. He formerly lived in both Kakuma refugee camp and Nairobi city in Kenya for more than a decade. Before he was resettled to USA, he pursued his studies in Public Administration at the University of South Africa.  After completing his BA degree, he ventured into History and Government and Christian Religious Education at Bor Town Secondary School in Kakuma refugee camp. He also held several community leadership positions including Burundi community chairman and refugee representative. Nasibu is now working with Aurora Public Schools as a Liaison for Special Populations.

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