‘Refugee Voices in Film – 7th Edition’ Screening Line Up


‘Refugee Voices in Film – 7th Edition’ Screening Line Up

We’re thrilled to announce a sneak peek into three remarkable works-in-progress films and the brilliant filmmakers bringing these stories to life. As part of the 7th Edition of “Refugee Voices in Film that will be screened at the Marche du Film in Cannes, these projects stand out for their poignant narratives and powerful storytelling. Let’s delve into the essence of each film and the creative minds behind them:

Film Screening Program


On the border between Ecuador and Colombia, Carmela welcomes into her home thousands of people crossing South America on foot during the Venezuelan exodus. Her mission does not stop despite the scourge of the pandemic, the lack of humanitarian aid, and the sudden imprisonment of her husband.

Co-Directed by: Esteban Coloma and Luis Herrera
Produced by: Esteban Coloma G.

For more information – coopdocs.ec@gmail.com


Esteban Coloma G.


Esteban Coloma has produced and directed short documentary films in South and North America, which have been screened in festivals and exhibitions on three continents. He has participated in IDFAcademy, Ventana Sur, Miradasdoc, DocsMX, Guadalajara Film Festival, among other international industry events. Esteban is currently directing and producing the feature films “Carmela and the Walkers” and “Fabián”. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts of New York. He is the co-founder and general producer of the Audiovisual Cooperative CoopDocs of Ecuador.


Luis Herrera


Luis has worked with communities and social organizations in Ecuador in audiovisual projects. He has worked as director and coordinator of different audiovisual projects in Ecuador, the United States and Europe. He is a founding member of the Audiovisual Cooperative CoopDocs of Ecuador. Besides Carmela and the Walkers, Luis is currently developing the feature documentary film “Del Páramo”, which has de support of Ibermedia.

2. In Focus

Photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor had an insatiable passion to reveal the truth about his people, not knowing that his most significant story would soon be his own. unfolding through his award-winning photojournalism, exposing his nation’s darkest realities. Batoor’s journey across six nations to Indonesia unveils poignant choices and the transformative impact of his photographic activism.

Directed by: Barat Ali Batoor
Produced by: Leeanne Torpey
Co-Director: Joseph Nizeti


Barat Ali Batoor


Walkley Award Winning Hazara photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor first won international acclaim in 2011 for his powerful photo essay exposing one of his country’s darkest secrets. But his work made him a target and Batoor was forced to flee along an asylum seeker route taken by thousands before him. Shot and produced entirely by Batoor, this documentary is a moving insight into the work of photographers committed to bringing audiences the truth.


Leeanne Torpey


Leeanne Torpey is a film and TV producer based in Sydney. She was the impact producer on the War On Waste (ABC, Dir Jodi Boylan), she got involved in the muck of money and politics with Big Deal (ABC, Madman, Dir,. Craig Ruecassel), she’s worked on the mess of Australia’s health system with Magda’s Big National Health Check (ABC, Dir. Rob Innes), she collaborated closely with Julian Assange’s family on Ithaka (ABC, Bonsai Films, Dir. Ben Lawrence) and amplified the mental health campaign around 8-part drama series Wakefield (ABC, Showtime, Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse).




Joseph Nizeti, an AACTA award-winning director, writer, producer, and composer, blends his musical background with a passion for cinematic storytelling, leaving a mark on Australian film and music. Co-directing/co-writing the acclaimed documentary River (2021), he's set to unveil IMAX documentaries Fungi: The Web of Life (2022) and Sunchasers: The Secret Life of Butterflies (2023). He also helms the TV documentary Anatomy of a String Quartet (2022) and co-produces the science series Phenomena (2021). Nizeti established Cosmic Breakfast in late-2022, catering to a diverse range of comedy, drama, and documentary projects.


Pour the Water as I Leave is an animated hybrid feature film about what happened to Bosnians over 25 years ago, and how it relates to refugees of the world today. Through dance choreography and poetic narrative, this story bears witness to a sobering document of war, survival and hope.

Written & Directed by: Daniela Repas
Produced by: Jessica Daugherty

For more information please visit: www.pourthewater.com


Daniela Repas


Daniela Repas, a Bosnian-born artist in Portland, Oregon, showcases storytelling across diverse mediums, including drawing, animation, installation, and film. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from New York to New Zealand. She's a co-founder of DripDrop collective and holds an MFA from PNCA. Noteworthy accolades include the Dorothy Lemelson Scholarship, Princess Grace Award for film Dogs of Home, IEFTA emerging filmmaker selection, and the 2023 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship Award. Her debut short film Mnemonics paved her path to film and art fusion. Currently, she's crafting her first feature animated film, Pour the Water as I Leave, spotlighted at Cannes Marche du Film and Annecy International Animation Festival.




Jessica Daugherty is an award winning producer and director of documentary and experimental film, podcasts, multi-media live performance, and co-founder of the production studio, Shrine13, in Portland, OR, US. She is a Board Member of the Documentary Producers Alliance, member of WIF, and alumni of IEFTA and Rotterdam Lab. Her films have participated at Cannes, Movies that Matter, Annecy and broadcast on Showtime, Arte!, PBS and more. As a member of Al Límite Collective and The Living Theatre, she facilitates refugee support programs including the Heal Into Action initiative in border communities in Greece and Mexico.

More info?

For more information or to find out more about attending any of the events listed above, please email lacey@iefta.org