Refugee Week

Films to watch during Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a great time to watch films with family and friends, and even possible if you’re stuck in quarantine! Below are some new films from the last year.

AKONI

A homeless Nigerian refugee struggles to integrate into Australian society after escaping the clutches of Boko Haram. While living on the streets and on the receiving end of racist taunts from a group of drunks, a young woman comes to his aid and offers him a place to stay. Struggling with her own heartbreak, she soon finds solace in her unlikely new companion as he opens her up to a world beyond her current life of modelling, parties and social media. Download the poster here

To organise a screening or for inquiries please contact:
 
Genna Chanelle Hayes
Akoni Producer
0439 516 487
 
Alyce Christiansen
Akoni Publicity
0456 111 449
 

DOCUMENTARIES

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida? is a 2020 Bosnian film written, produced and directed by Jasmila Žbanić. An international co-production of twelve production companies, the film was shown in the main competition section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. It was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards and has won the Award for Best Film at the 34th European Film Awards.

Scattered People 

When Australian musicians go into a Brisbane detention centre to share music, they meet two Iranian musicians, Mas and Saha, who sing on their three albums.

Missy Higgins, John Butler, Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire), Katie Noonan, Michael Franti, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, and Robbie James talk about the power of music, its ability to break through barriers, unite people and create shared experiences.

What does the music we produce, sing and listen to tell us about ourselves, our country and life experience?

Academics, psychologists and refugee specialists talk about the role artistic expression plays in building personal and national identity, and the healing power of creative expression and shared stories.

Watch or host a film screening: https://www.scatteredpeoplefilm.org/film-summary

Or get in contact with BeingReelFilms: sonia@beingreelfilms.com.au or john@beingreelfilms.com.au

Check out our Films resources page for a longer list of films from previous years.

Make sure to take a photo and let us know you’re watching by using the hashtag #refugeeweekau

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