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VOA Documentary Wins Top Award in Refugee Challenges Category at India's Aravali International Film Festival

Ningrum Spicer (right), USAGM Regional Marketing Officer, accepting the trophy on behalf of VOA.
Ningrum Spicer (right), USAGM Regional Marketing Officer, accepting the trophy on behalf of VOA.

Voice of America’s film, "A Day in the Life of Refugees," received the Best Film Award in the Refugee Challenges category at the 2022 Aravali International Film Festival.

The documentary explores the impact of forced displacement on individuals and families, as well as on their destination countries, governments and others with whom the displaced encounter on their journeys.

This 96-minute film, narrated by VOA contributor and veteran journalist Greta Van Susteren, took two years to complete, beginning on June 20, 2019, that year's World Refugee Day. More than 75 teams of VOA visual journalists in more than 30 countries documented the unique challenges of forced displacement around the world on that single day.

“I’m very pleased to hear that a ‘Day in the Life of Refugees’ received top honors at the Aravali International Film Festival, and I am particularly proud of the many teams of VOA journalists who worked to produce this extraordinary documentary,” said Acting VOA Director Yolanda López. “VOA is committed to continuing to report on the plight of refugees and to bring attention to their struggles – and this film does this in a truly masterful way."

The Aravali International Film Festival, named after the Aravali Mountain range in northwestern India, aims to capture the cultural diversity of its namesake region through international cinema.

"A Day in the Life of Refugees" is available for viewing at High-resolution broadcast-quality files are available upon request for interested non-U.S. organizations.