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Screening of "Brooklyn"

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 18:30 / Location: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations
Tags: Karen AbuZayd, Colm Tóibín, film, migration, Refugees, United Nations, Brooklyn, Migrants, Saoirse Ronan, UN, screening, UNHQ

On 11 February 2016, the United Nations Department of Public Information in partnership with Fox Searchlight Pictures held a film screening of Brooklyn, a 1950s historical drama telling the tale of an Irish immigrant adjusting to life in New York, nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The screening was followed by a conversation about migration with Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, best-selling author Colm Tóibín, Lebanese-American writer Leila Buck and Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants Karen AbuZayd, moderated by film critic Joe Neumaier.

The event was part of an effort of the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) to raise awareness of modern-day challenges surrounding mass migration and to further develop relationships with the film making industry and other creative talent who have the ability to shine a light on the priority issues on the UN agenda.


From left to right: author Colm Tóibín, actress Saoirse Ronan, Director of the UN Outreach Division Maher Nasser, UN Special Adviser Karen AbuZayd, film critic Joseph Neumaier, and writer Leila Buck. Photo credit: Daniela Sinobad/CCOI