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Celebrate Refugee Week with film ‘Freedom Stories’
June 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday June 25, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia
Join Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group and Port Macquarie Library for the screening of inspiring film ‘Freedom Stories’ as part of Refugee Week celebrations, 2022 at Port Macquarie Library.
Saturday June 25th, 2022 at 10.30am
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.
Australia and the rest of the world have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the reset button on how we behave towards one another. The importance of human connections has been underscored by the pandemic and such lessons can help us in so many ways. Mainstream and refugee communities alike can draw upon shared hardship to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward. Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.
In 2022, we encourage organisations and individuals to utilise our website for Refugee Week resources and events that will facilitate this healing and subsequent rejuvenation. Let us make 2022 much more than just a footnote in the pandemic years, let us heal together and emerge a more fulfilled and connected society.
Light refreshments provided.