Are you looking for a way to engage with your students, colleagues, friends or family? Hearing directly from someone who has had a refugee experience is by far the most compelling way for people to learn about refugee issues. We have compiled a range of video resources you can use in the classroom to hear directly from people of refugee background. Some of the below films are available freely others need to be purchased.

Short personal videos

Najeeba Wazefadost – Founder and President of Hazara Women of Australia –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmHQYV127QA

Munjed Al Muderis – Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Lecturer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw3YLEYz6R8 

Hieu Van Le – Governor of South Australia – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153162058453441

 

Panel discussions from Refugee Alternatives Conference 2020

Panel discussion – Unpacking Lived Experience – https://youtu.be/Ew4TR7gIsfA

Panel discussion – Our Challenge for Change – https://youtu.be/nof1ftZmmY4

 

Films you can watch

WATAN (DOCUMENTARY)

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/ 

FREEDOM STORIES (SHORT-FILMS)

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.

  1. Someone I’m Trying to Forget (13’42”)https://vimeo.com/159024741
  2. Dreaming of Freedom (22’48”)https://vimeo.com/159019466
  3. Dream of Freedom (video clip to accompany Dreaming of Freedom) (3’16”)https://vimeo.com/165100946
  4. A Place to Belong (19’00”)https://vimeo.com/161548921
  5. Fighting for my Children (12’00”)https://vimeo.com/159421945
  6. Only Sunday Off (13’22”) – https://vimeo.com/162300721 (No password)
  7. We are Guests in This World (19’24”) – https://vimeo.com/162301520
Born in the Sahrawi refugee camps in south-west Algeria WOMADelaide-featured singer Aziza Brahim and activist Senia Abderhaman use culturally derived methods of music, poetry, and non-violent resistance in their struggle for the independence of their homeland from Morocco. Morocco uses the phosphate and other resources of Western Sahara to fund its illegal occupation of Western Sahara – Africa’s last colony.
Director:  Josh Campbell, Canada Access the full film here: https://vimeo.com/377238188

NIGHT BECOMES DAY (VR ADVOCACY DOCUMENTARY)

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.

CAST FROM THE STORM (FEATURE DOCUMENTARY)

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 

STATELESS (ABC MINI-SERIES)

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 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAY (PARODY GAME SHOW)

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 

REFLECTIONS ON A GENOCIDE (FEATURE FILM)

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 (FEATURE FILM)

“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

NOUS SOMMES DES MESSAGERS (We Are Messengers) (FEATURE FILM)

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

REVENIR (To Return) (FEATURE FILM)

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.