Refugee Film Festival

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Watan Refugee Film Festival
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Four documentaries to prick the conscience and open your eyes are screening

In late 2016, director and cinematographer James L Brown travelled to Jordan to spend time in the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, as well as surrounding cities. Brown was introduced to the residents of the camps and found himself invited into lives and homes where he was able to conduct intimate interviews with the people he met there. The result was Watan, a portrait of the refugee experience that shows the tragedy of the limbo that the victims of global conflict must endure.

Watan is the opening night film of the Refugee Film Festival, which is presented by the Refugee Council of Australia and Dendy Cinemas. James L Brown and collaborator Bill Irving will take part in a Q&A session after the screening,

It’s a short but potent program this year. Stop the Boats  tells the story of how Australia used a three-word slogan to demonise people seeking asylum, fleeing war and persecution, condemning them to indefinite offshore detention and torture in prison camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

Human Flow is the epic film by artist Ai Weiwei that illuminates the struggles of 65 million people around the world who are displaced victims, capturing the suffering and pain felt by refugees worldwide.

And in Hope Road a Sydney-based refugee from the Sudanese civil war, Zacharia, wants to build a school in his village in South Sudan, and embarks on a 40-day charity walk from the Queensland border to Sydney to raise funds for this venture.

Screenings are at Dendy Opera Quays. To book tickets, click the Dates and Times tab.

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