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Flashbacks - directed by Sean Ly 

Flashbacks is a short film by Curious Creator Sean Ly, documenting his parents’ journey as asylum seekers from Cambodia in the 1980s. Sean Ly goes on a journey of personal discovery to learn and record the previously unshared story of his parents – refugees from Cambodia who settled in Western Sydney in the 1980s. Through interviews as a mother and father speaking to their son, they recall past experiences and share flashbacks of displacement and resettlement.The 25-minute film includes a soundtrack with original music contributed by Channthy Kak, lead singer from the international music sensation ‘The Cambodian Space Project’. This film went on to be shown at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the 2016 Kampot Readers and Writers Festival in Cambodia. 

 

Credits

Told by Vanny Pin and San Ly 

Director/ Director of Photography: Sean Ly 

Sound/ Interview Advisor: Miranda Aguilar 

Second Camera: Adam McPhilbin 

Editor: Thomas Barrell 

Executive Producer: CuriousWorks  

Producers: Caitlin Newton-Broad, Guido Gonzalez 

Translation Support: Sophea Chea 

Music by The Cambodian Space Project: Song - The Boat 

Special thanks to: Rosie Dennis from UTP, Harley Stumn, Intimate Spectacle, Julien Poulson, Channthy Kak, Lina Tjoeng, Sophea Chea and Khmer Community of NSW Inc.,Vichet Chea and Savuth Men, Gary Paramanathan, Tiffany Lee Shoy, Marilyn Gallo, Manjit Uppal, Shakthi Sivanathan, Gary Spink 

Supported by: Fairfield City Council’s Social Change Through Creativity Program 

Trinity - directed by Samia Halabi 

Three friends become a family; no matter what the odds are, no matter what we have been through; we help each other, as family. Three young people hold their friendship to their heart and share a strong bond. They don’t let anything, or anyone get in their way. They spend most of their time together and they tell each other everything. Here we meet them at Bents Basin, an ancient waterhole in Western Sydney, sitting by the river watching the sunset. They head back to the camp site and sit around the fireplace, telling each other stories of the past and remembering the first day they met.  

Right here, right now, nothing else matters. 

Mahdi has his arms around the two girls, as they laugh. The friends sit by the fire place talking about their home countries, the issues and what they miss, and why they had to flee, either with or without their family. Their friendship brings together their history of seeking asylum and migration from Afghanistan, Argentina and Lebanon. This film is about the next generation of Australians, sharing friendship and solidarity. 

 

Credits

Director/Writer: Samia Halabi 

Producer: Caitlin Newton-Broad 

Director of Photography: Ali Al Azeez 

Music: Barbara Schefer 

Sound: Payam Gouya 

Performers: Samia Halabi, Mahdi Mohammadi & Barbara Schefer 

Executive Producer: CuriousWorks 

Editor: Samia Halabi 

El Baile - directed by Daisy Montalvo

Josselyn moved to Australia from El Salvador in 2015 when she was 14 years old. In the chaos of huge, cultural change she loses the one thing that made her feel herself the most - dancing.  

Set on the suburban streets of Mt Druitt, western Sydney, El Baile is a dance, cinematic poem about nostalgia and isolation. Josselyn once felt like a star in her home country and now, she feels stuck in her new reality. In the process of migration, she lost her passion and in turn, lost her happiness. With the help of someone she meets, she is able to return to her passion because they allowed her the space to be herself, without protest. El Baile highlights the importance of holding onto your cultural roots and passion, and society embracing acceptance for all people. 

 

Credits

Director/Writer: Daisy Montalvo 

Producer: Caitlin Newton-Broad 

Director of Photography: Ali Al Azeez 

Assistant Producer/Continuity: Jesica Montalvo 

Music: Lesley Araya 

Lead Performer: Josselyn Montalvo 

Performer: Wahanui Hemara 

Sound Operator/ Boom: Shawn Spina 

Camera Assistant: Junior Montalvo 

 

My name is Mohamed and Raghad. We don’t exist here anymore - directed by Ali Mousawi

A one shot, twelve minute film about a day in the life of an Ahwazi asylum seeker family, surviving in Australia. 

Mohamed is ten years old. Raghad, his sister, is eleven. They are Ahwazi asylum seekers, living with their father in Liverpool, Sydney. These children have grown up without their mother, brother or extended family who are all back in Iran. Since arriving by boat with their father seven years ago, they struggled to make a home however they can while fighting to unite their family. 

We meet these young people on their way home from school. They are racing back to check on their father, who is gravely unwell. As the action unfolds, it is clear these children carry enormous responsibilities for their age, as interpreters and advocates for their family in a hostile, bureaucratic environment.  

In a world where over 65 million displaced people are seeking a new life, free from war and persecution, these two pragmatic children are left in a small apartment, face-to-face with their fate. 

 

Credits

Director: Ali Mousawi 

Co-Producer: Marwa Al Munajed 

Producer: Mohamed Kamel 

Script: Wesam Mojahed 

Screenplay: Jessica Phoebe Knox 

Story Consultant: Mireille Juchau 

Performers: Mohamed and Raghad Mojahed with Jessica Phoebe Knox and Wesam Mojahed 

Executive Producer: CuriousWorks 

New home, New hopes – created by Elham BehinAein

Photographer Elham BehinAein, arrived in Australia two years ago, herself a refugee from Iran. With the support of CORE Community Services and networks in Fairfield, Elham began a process of reaching out to women, open to share their stories of migration and take part in portraiture sittings, in their homes and out in the streets. Many women were interested but only two were confident to create images for the public. Neli and Iman shared their very different experiences of home-making and belonging. 

 

Credits

Photographer/ Creator: Elham BehinAein 

Community Consultant: Rowena Assaad 

Script Consultant: Mireille Juchau  

Music: Ali GouyaMixing: Michael Moebus 

Storytellers: Neli and Iman 

Executive Producer: CuriousWorks 

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