On Tuesday 18 December IOM will show the film 'A walk on the Tightrope' in Humanity House in The Hague; a documentary that takes you right into the asylum system of Germany. For the first time, employees of the German Immigration Service admitted a camera. You will see their daily work and the interviews that normally take place behind closed doors.
In Germany, asylum seeker and case employee meet only once. In a personal interview, the asylum seeker must provide credible evidence of the persecution and the dangers he or she faces in the country of origin. The case employee must decide whether this evidence is credible enough and whether the asylum seeker can stay or leave.
The documentary A Walk on the Tightrope explores the moral dilemmas that case employees encounter when making this decision. Also as a viewer you are challenged to question your definitions about persecution, truth, fear, asylum and compassion. The film will be followed by a debate.
The film is part of IOMs Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF): between 28 November and 18 December more than 30 films about migration are shown in 100 countries across the globe. Films show different facets of migrant life, which can in turn help viewers to cultivate deeper empathy for migrants and a better understanding of their realities, needs, perspectives and capacities.
Café / foyer open: 18:30
Programme starts: 19:00
Programme ends: 21:15
More information on the website of Humanity House