Refugees and Migrant Workers Film Fest 2012

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Refugees and Migrant Workers Film Fest 2012

To raise awareness on the plight of refugees and migrant workers, this joint effort by the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) and Tenaganita will screen a series of films and documentaries for free, with an open discussion after each screening. The films in the lineup include:

Dec 7

5.10pm - 'Occupation 101' (Abdallah Omeish, 2006)
A comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

8pm - 'Sour Milk and Honey' (Tarek Farouk Maassarani, 2006)
A young man of both Jewish and Muslim descent goes on a quest to find out what lies behind the headlines and buzzwords of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dec 8

2pm - 'In This World' (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)
This award-winning docudrama follows the journey of two young Afghan refugees as they flee their refugee camp in Pakistan for a better life in London, using back-channels, bribes and smugglers to get them there.

4.30pm - 'Nur, Path of Light'
A true story about the Indonesian domestic worker who was held as a slave in a Malaysian home for five years.

7.30pm - 'Amreeka' (Cherien Dabis, 2009)
Chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois.

Dec 9

2pm - 'The Dreaming Vendors' (Ahmed Abid, 2010)
A documentary on the cruel story of human suffering caused by a mixture of cross-coastal human trafficking and economic migration.

3.15pm - 'My Migrant Soul' (Yasmine Kabir, 2001)
A look at the benighted fate of a migrant labourer who fell so easily for the lure of a better paying foreign job.

5pm - 'Go Back Where You Came From' (Ivan O'Mahoney, 2011)
This summarised version of the Australian TV series documents six Australians with varying views on the subject of refugees and immigrants, explored from a personal and emotional level.

7.30pm - 'A Nun's New Habit' (Robyn Hughan, 2008)
A fascinating profile of an ordinary religious sister with extraordinary compassion for some of the most marginalised people arriving on Australian shores. This screening will be followed by a talk and discussion with director and producer Robyn Hughan.

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