A documentary tells the story of two students from the UB Support program for refugees

The film “Refugee Students” is the result of a collaboration between the partner entities of the UNI(di)VERSITY project, in which the UB Solidarity Foundation participates.

The documentary film “Refugee Students” (Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso, 2022) premiered on Thursday, December 15, at the Cinema Farnese in Rome, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day. It tells the story of Robina, Bozhena and Sofiia, three university students who took refuge in Rome and Barcelona.

At Sapienza University of Rome the protagonist is the Afghan student Robina, who arrived in Italy in 2020 thanks to the mentorship programme of Sapienza for refugees. The documentary films her exams, the renewal of documents and some intimate moments with her family. Besides her, other Afghan students arrived in Italy. They share this new life supporting each other.

At the University of Barcelona (UB) the protagonists are the Ukrainian students Bozhena and Sofiia. They met in Barcelona during the Transition course to university studies of the UB Support program for refugees. They became good friends and comforted each other. While attending the course, they continue to study at the Ukrainian university through online lessons. The documentary follows them during the course, the university placement process, and while they call their friends in Ukraine. Through their interactions, we understand how the war leaves an indelible mark, but they still manage to look towards a positive future.

The film “Refugee Students” is the result of a collaboration between the Sapienza University of Rome, the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona and the European University Association (EUA), as well as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Campus France (associate partners), within the UNI(di)VERSITY project, funded with the support of the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. To watch the documentary or organize a screening, you can contact the UNI(di)VERSITY consortium at info@unidiversity.eu.

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