SafeZone

When her family fled, one Syrian refugee girl found solace and safety song. Fatima and her family were caught in the crossfire: a missile hit their home in Bab Amr, and they were rescued from beneath the rubble. After a period of moving from town to town and sleeping in their car, the family found their way to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, where they built a tent to live in from salvaged wood and canvas. Now Fatima, 12, attends school and enjoys music class, but she still sometimes wakes up screaming in the night and fears that war will chase her to Lebanon, removing her from the safe zone she has found at school.

United States | 2017 | 8 min | Arabic (English subtitles) | Marco Bollinger, Jodie Livingston
NZ Premiere


We Are People Too: Stories From the Jungle

These are the stories and experiences of several brave refugees, volunteers and workers trying to create change in the 'Jungle' refugee camp in France, where struggle has become a way of life and the future seems uncertain. It chronicles a time which modern France has found undeniably difficult.

United States | 2017 | 21 min | English | Stephanie Meurer
Australasia Premiere


Tamil Stories

The film documents the controversial treatment of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, while providing insight into what it is like to be a refugee or asylum seeker in New Zealand.

Bavan, Prasath, Sasi, and Amutha share their very personal, shocking, and often heartbreaking stories of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the continuing abuses against the Tamil people. Loved ones disappearing, bombs exploding, intimidation, and kidnappings, are common experiences.

Yet, despite everything they have been through, a home in New Zealand means they now have hope for a new future.

New Zealand | 2016 | 14 min | English | Tim Swanson
World Premiere


Bitter Sweet

Mixit, an Auckland-based refugee youth arts project reimagine Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As the performance takes shape, the young cast explore what love, loss, journey and home mean to them.

The cast of 23 young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds devise an original retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, moulding the story into a wholly new shape that reflects their own unique experiences and understanding of the world.

Romeo and Juliet are Samir and Rashana, a Muslim and a Christian, and their journey spans from a home destroyed to a new and foreign place. Love is defined as not only between a boy and girl, but also for a home left behind, and for the people who were lost along the way.

The film celebrates the young people's voices as they remember the past and look forward into the future. The Shakespearean inspiration for the show is the ideal context for revelations on feelings of conflict, love, loss and home within the young people themselves.

New Zealand | 2016 | 14 min | English | Ilai Amir, Ella Becroft


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