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ABOUT ABLOOM

Abloom is a Norwegian advocacy NGO raising awareness about and creating meaningful and empowering activities for:

* People living with disability in general - especially children and youngsters

* Ethnic minorities living with disability in Oslo and Norway in general - especially children and youngsters.

* Refugees and asylum seekers in Norway living with disability - especially children and youngsters

* Families and support network of all of the above mentioned

We also communicate with and engage governmental and non-governmental organizations, private business and other areas of society to join the fight for a better life for all people living with disability.

We now run a year round organization, a pop up festival for children only called Mini Abloom. We help refugees and asylum seekers, we operate a daily free consultancy service for those who need it. We participate in all kinds of platforms, political environments, lobby meetings, and the list is long. And we are just getting started!

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Abloom Film Festival

This festival brings together Norwegian and international films and guests to discuss important issues related to disability. Abloom Film Festival is the organization's main yearly event. We screen movies from all over the world, and the main aim of the festival is to promote movies of amazing quality about disability, empowerment, role models, community and other essential topics. We also have an opening conference with high ranking cultural celebrities and politicians. Debates, entertainment, voluntary work (refugees and disabled basically run the festival!), movies and networking - that's Abloom film festival!

We believe it is possible to discuss important issues related to living with - or life with children and young people with disabilities, in a way that is uplifting and creates a positive narrative. Abloom is an aggressive and warm fighter against isolation and stigma. Everyone is welcome - everyone is invitited.


Each year, the festival has a particular theme.

Film is a medium that can reach everyone. Through film we tell stories where feelings and dreams are shared.

Our mission is to create awareness of equal rights and opportunities for all.

HISTORY
The festival was created in 2012 as Handy Film Festival, but we later switched its name to Abloom Film Festival. The very word 'abloom' means, obviously, in full bloom, which is supposed to reflect what the organization and its departments represent. Abloom was founded by Faridah S. Nabaggala, who herself is a mother of a child with disability.


The 2012 film festival included project short movies, a pilot film and a film by Dissimilis, among other things. But since the festival only lasted one day we could only screen one documentary film. We received lots of positive feedback for finally creating a film festival aimed at at with our target group. So we decided to really go for it - and expand the festival and organization every year! This took a lot of hard work, sweat and tears. But also lots of joy, new contacts, friends and wonderful people joined the cause.

Growth and strength

Since then the festival and organization has grown a lot. The festival in 2016 had 2650 participants! This year's festival in November will also have a children's day, kick-off event, youngsters' day, kindergarten day, family, a full-blown conference and much more. Growth everywhere!

And more and more people are joining in as members, volunteers, political contacts, allies and supports... Now we are truly proud to call ourselves a dynamic, energetic and effective organization.

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OPEN TO ALL.

Theme: Universal Design Technology Provides Opportunities!

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you and your agency to attend our exciting professional conference about something that is too little talk about - Universal design.

Key topics for the conference: "Everyone must be able to participate" In many minority environments, the use of aids is associated with shame, something Abloom will spotlight during the festival.

Various technology platforms provide accessibility and open to communication, networking and entertainment. For people with disabilities, technology means a lot more in everyday life, especially when it comes to accessibility and transportation. The technology has both a practical and a social side.

Abloom is so proud and happy to welcome you to the Seventh Abloom Film Festival from 18 to 24 November. Imagine that we have managed to do so much in such a short time.

Our vision: All children and young people with disabilities should be appreciated, seen and heard! Through film, debates, seminars and other events, AFF continues to put disabled people on the agenda regardless of background. It has never been cooler to be disabled.

We will show great movies that deal with living with small or large disabilities, organizing seminars, inviting national and international guests and we will arrange various activities for children.

The conference will also give major opportunity for exchanges between the representatives of the public health, law enforcement and the NGO community. The conference language will be English. Taking into account your interest and expertise in this field of work, we hope to welcome you soon at the venue of this event in Oslo.

Abloom Film Festival is a spearhead in building bridges between the population and society by raising the theme of disability.

22. NOVEMBER SAGA CINEMA 09:00-14:00

Lecture, debate, post, film, networking and Hot food!
From 15:00 to 22:45 there will be film screening

Abloom Film Festival 2018 - 18-24. November (Saga Cinema)

See you in November!

Regards
Faridah S. Nabaggala
Festival Director - Abloom Film Festival