ALMOST THERE FIRST EDITION Published: 2 March 2020 Heinrich Böll Foundation's Middle East Office in Lebanon presents for the first year its annual Film Festival, Almost There on Human Rights and Migration. A humanitarian issue, migration often ends up being politicized. Populism takes the place of smart politics; racism comes disguised as “legitimate concerns” – and unwilling to deal with the causes, Europe rather tries to close itself off and keep migrants and refugees outside its borders, shifting the burden to its neighboring countries. With this film festival, we want to highlight different aspects of flight and migration: Documentaries of those who flee for their life or seek a better future, of hopes fulfilled or dashed, on getting out and being stuck, on arrival and the struggle of what comes next. This first edition took place from October 3 to 5, 2016 in Empire Metropolis Sofil, Ashrafiye.