CHRISTINA MACGILLIVRAY DIRECTS THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS' OFFICE FIRST EVER STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW "STAND-UP FOR MIGRANTS" 

International comedians share stories of migration to a packed house in Switzerland's premier venue Victoria Hall in celebration of International Migrants Day.

Stand-Up for Migrants was produced by the United Nations Human Rights Office in partnership with the government of Switzerland, the City of Geneva and Amnesty International. It was held in celebration of the 70th Declaration of Human Rights and International Migrants Day.

Stand-Up for Migrants featured Hari Kondabolu, Evelyn Mok, Deborah Frances-White, Noman Hosni, Thomas Wiesel, Charles Nouveau and Bruno Peki. It included a live broadcast recording of the Guilty Feminist, a podcast with 35 million downloads.

Stand-Up for Migrants was created with the belief that we need shared spaces of laughter and creativity in an era of profound divisiveness in our societies over issues of immigration, xenophobia and human rights. Comedy provides a reflective lens to examine our own societies. We have far more in common than that which divides us.

Listen to the Guilty Feminist United Nations Stand-Up for Migrants podcast episode here.

EXILE AND BELONGING SERIES: AN AWARD-WINNING ANIMATED NON-FICTION REPORTING PROJECT

Directed and Reported by Christina MacGillivray

Exile and Belonging showcases the unique stories of migrants, shedding light on the diversity of individual experiences of migrants from around the world. The film uses the voices of real people, paired with animation to protect the identities of those who remain undocumented. Each story highlights the diversity of migrant experiences, yet all are unified by the uniquely human audacity to imagine a better life and strive to create it.

Exile and Belonging was created with comedian Hari Kondabolu, recently honored by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for "his ability to unite people of all backgrounds and beliefs in laughter while raising issues of social justice and inequality." The New York Times called Kondabolu "one of the most necessary political comedians working today."

See the series on the United Nations website here.

STORIES

Growing-Up Undocumented in the United States

Country: Mexico and the United States

"You could be executed and put into jail for

speaking English." 

County: China

Fleeing the CIA's Secret War in Laos

Country: Laos

Saint Lucia to New York - An Immigration Story

Country: Saint Lucia

Migrating from Gambia to Europe on Foot

County: Gambia and Switzerland

A Father and Son Seek a Better Life, Far From Home

Country: Algeria and France

Comedian Hari Kondabolu on Why the World is Becoming

Afraid of Immigrants and How to Fix It.

ALL MEDIA © CHRISTINA MACGILLIVRAY, 2009 - 2019.

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