Refugee Girls

Concorso italiano – Lungometraggi


Refugee Girls is a documentary that follows the lives of Robina, Bozhena and Sofia, three young refugee university students. Robina, from Afghanistan, follows courses at the Sapienza University of Rome. In Barcelona, Bozhena and Sofia, Ukrainian girls, meet during a Spanish course for refugee students. Intertwining these stories, the documentary explores the plight of refugees and the opportunities offered by Europe. Human resilience and inner strength emerge in extreme situations. Refugee Girls invites reflection on acceptance, solidarity and the creation of a better future for those fleeing conflict and persecution.


Director:  Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso
Production:  UNIMED
Producer:  Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso
Editing:  Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso
Cinematography:  Daniele Di Pietro, Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso
Lenght:  65′
Nation: Italy
Year:  2023

Director’s notes:

Refugee Girls gave me a chance to engage with the new generation of 20-year-old refugee girls and enter their lives. You feel a rippling energy made of depression, dreams, the desireto change the world and great instability. Broken dreams of teenagers in the prime of their growth who are forced to grow up and take on great responsibilities.