Dresden Refuge

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM

In 2015, Germany was the only European country that enacted an open-door policy towards refugees, who were arriving in droves from countries at war, most of them from Syria. As a result, Germany accepted one million people in a year. This phenomenon has had an especially significant impact in Dresden. The film shows a divided city, whose very tumultuous history affects how people react to the arrival of refugees. Some find in history reasons to become involved in organizations that offer support to the newly arrived, while others use the past to create the rationale for rejecting foreigners. Starting with current events, Dresden Refuge reveals to the viewer that, in Germany, accepting refugees has been a constant since the end of World War II.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 57 minutes
Language: English
Country: Switzerland
Genre: Social Issue

Curriculum Connection

Social 9 and Social 20

Cast & Credits

Director:  Xuban Intxausti

UN Goal


Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.


Orlando Vasquez   |    Mennonite Central Committee

Orlando Vasquez is originally from EL Salvador, and came to Canada as a Government Assisted Refugee in 1984. He has been working in refugee issues for about 20 years, and currently works for the Mennonite Central Committee Alberta as an Associate and Program Director. As a person who has been through the refugee process system in Canada, he says he is invested in informing the public about the benefits of welcoming refugees in Canada. The current refugee crisis creates an uneasy feeling and one that motivates him to invite engagement and response.