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A group of nine asylum seekers supported by SSI have spent six weeks learning video production skills so they can tell their stories as part of an SSI arts and culture initiative.

The workshops, which were run by SSI and Curious Works, culminated on November 14, when the group presented six short films at a special showcase screening in Granville.

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An image from "The Suffering of Asylum Seekers"

The films covered the spectrum of the refugee experience, from life under oppressive regimes to uncertain journeys, to finding joy in a country where they feel safe.

Participants in the film-making workshops and showcase event said they found the activity a very positive experience, that allowed them to find a creative voice to express themselves and explore their own stories.

One of the films produced by two talented SSI clients, “The Suffering of Asylum Seekers”, can be watched here.

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