In 2020, Refugee Week is changing. In light of COVID-19 we are moving this important celebration of refugees online.
One of the best ways to connect with others while practicing physical distancing is to host a watch party of a film. We have included some great, freely available films for you to share and watch with your friends. Be sure to snap a photo and share it across social media using the hashtag #RefugeeWeek #YearOfWelcome
We are very grateful to the following filmmakers who have made their films freely available for the duration of June to help celebrate Refugee Week.
Seven years. Six million displaced people. The biggest humanitarian emergency of our time. The Syrian refugee crisis remains at the forefront of the global consciousness: as statistics, as photographs, as a bargaining chip in international politics. But inside the camps real people settle in to a life in limbo. Watan explores two of the biggest refugee camps in Jordan – Zaatari and Azraq – along with neighbouring city Jerash, to paint intimate portraits of the men, women and children who have found themselves there.
Access the film here: https://www.watanfilm.com/
The makers of Watan have generously offered to make their film available for free download for the month of June to celebrate Refugee Week. Check back on their site in June to get the film.
Check out this new short video by the makers of WATAN ‘A conversation with Jamil’ by James Brown: https://vimeo.com/427332660
Freedom Stories is a collaborative documentary project from Flying Carpet Films. It explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001, a defining year in Australian politics. Locked in remote detention centres and then placed on temporary protection visas, their limbo lasted for years. Now Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.
- Someone I’m Trying to Forget (13’42”) – https://vimeo.com/159024741
- Dreaming of Freedom (22’48”) – https://vimeo.com/159019466
- Dream of Freedom (video clip to accompany Dreaming of Freedom) (3’16”) – https://vimeo.com/165100946
- A Place to Belong (19’00”) – https://vimeo.com/161548921
- Fighting for my Children (12’00”) –https://vimeo.com/159421945
- Only Sunday Off (13’22”) – https://vimeo.com/162300721 (No password)
- We are Guests in This World (19’24”) – https://vimeo.com/162301520
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/359404251
Watch Party on Thursday 18 June at 6pm
During Refugee Week Australia Western Sahara Association (AWSA) will host a Watch Party on Thursday 18 June at 6pm. We will screen the 30 min Canadian documentary “Sirocco – Winds of Resistance” followed by a 30 minute Q&A
Register for the watch party here
Q&A panel: Kamal Fadel, Representative of the Frente Polisario (Western Sahara) in Australia and New Zealand; The Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann AM, Former President of the NSW Legislative Council and Dr Randi Irwin, Lecturer in Dept of Sociology and Anthropology University of Newcastle
In 2020, Sohail is just one of 79 million displaced people in the world. He is a teenager in a Greek refugee camp. Inspired by Theo, a local human rights worker, Sohail joins other refugees, artist Nakam and war-injured Ali, to migrate from the camp to create a new form of citizenship not previously imagined. Through cinematic VR, we intimately share their journey from night to day.
Access the film here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15B-pW3og8tr_xhmbjhAkRtNVC1vHl81_/view
The filmmakers have generously offered to provide us a 2D copy of the film to share with you for Refugee Week!
Cast from the Storm tells the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.
The film is available for purchase via their website: http://www.castfromthestorm.com/watch
Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined in an immigration detention centre.
Access the mini-series here: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/stateless
Will Amir get to stay? He has fled from Gaza after being tortured, but the judges seem to be in doubt. Vote for Amir on www.soyouthinkyoucanstay.com
Access the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0vd-8pAl_g
A short film / multimedia project exploring the genocide in Cambodia between 1975-1979, where it is estimated that up to 2 million people were killed, under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. The film features still photos of prisoners that I took while in Cambodia at the Tuol Sleng S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh, which is now a Genocide Museum. They are all “photos of photos”, and use the reflection of the glass which they are behind, to reveal the surroundings of the prison.
With English & Khmer subtitles.
“No Music For Hate” invites you to enter the world of Moroccan musician Said Benmsafer, for an afternoon of improvisation and exchange; as he joins the Sicilian musician Alessandro Venza on a musical journey of discovery and beauty. Crossing borders and exchanging cultures.
– A film by David Fedele
Part documentary, part improvised concert, part music video – “NOUS SOMMES DES MESSAGERS” (We are Messengers) presents a portrait of Senegalese musicians Mbemba Diebaté & Walowalo Niangbalo, and invites the audience to discover the traditional music, instruments, and culture of griots, traditional West African storytellers. (Filmed in Rabat, Morocco, in September 2018)
– A film by David Fedele
For years, the stories of West African migrants and refugees have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Now there is a story from the inside.
Part road-trip, part memoir, part journalistic investigation, REVENIR follows Kumut Imesh, a refugee from the Ivory Coast now living in France, as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the same journey that he himself took when forced to flee civil war in his country … But this time with a camera in his hand.
Traveling alone, Kumut will be documenting his own journey; both as the main protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, revealing the human struggle for freedom and dignity on one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world.
A controversial film experiment, a courageous journey, and a unique collaboration between filmmakers and refugees; which is not without consequences.