Documentary NEW WALLS (Women refugees in Eastern Europe). Premiere in Ukraine


17 September, Kyiv (Ukraine) - the UN Refugee Agency and the State Migration Service of Ukraine presented the documentary film "New Walls (Women refugees in Eastern Europe)" by Paula Palacios in a closed screening that took place at the Red Hall of Cinema House. 

The documentary portrays the interrupted lives of the five refugee women who escaped from persecution in their countries of origin in order to seek refuge, safety and a new home. The film shot on location in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, offers a unique view on how women targeted by persecution cope with their fate. The film also reflects how they personally experience forced displacement in Eastern European context. 

In her closing speech, Ms. Paula Palacios, the producer and the director of the film, who travelled to Kyiv for the event, emphasized:

  "In my job I can only try to highlight certain issues but here today, there are many people in this hall who have the chance in their everyday life to change the lives of many people, including refugee women."


Photos from the premiere of the "New Walls" on 17 September 2012

Photos from the Charitable concert of Iva Bittova at Mystetskyi Arsenal on 18 September 2012

Video from the premiere of the "New Walls" on 17 September 2012

UNHCR jointly with the State Migration Service of Ukraine was proud to present the documentary film on refugee women 


Premiere in Ukraine

17 September 18:00 - Cinema House




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A documentary film by 

Paula Palacios

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Original Music: 

Iva Bittova

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Voice Over:

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador 

Barbara Hendriks

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Nacho Lopez  

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Opening speeches at the premiere screening:

Mr. Oldrich Andrysek, UNHCR Regional Representative

H.E. Mr. Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Norwegian Ambassador

H.E. Mr. Jose Rodrigues Moyano, Spanish Ambassador at the premiere screening

Ms. Paula Palacios, the film director

Wine donated specialy for the New Walls film premiere by Marquis De Lacarin 



Sample of the invitation to the Premiere of the "New Walls" documentary