Fans of Indian film and supporters of Settlement Services International came together on Monday, March 7, to raise funds for SSI’s community engagement programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
SSI, in partnership with Event Cinemas and Transmission Films, held a charity screening of acclaimed Tamil film The Crow’s Egg at Event Cinemas Parramatta.
The Crow’s Egg tells a life-affirming story of two Chennai slum kids and their efforts to taste the exotic and seemingly unattainable pizza sold at a flashy new eatery.
Speaking before the screening, SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis pointed out the affinities between The Crows Egg and SSI.
She said themes the film touched on were the themes, issues and experiences of people SSI encountered every day.
These people also experienced setbacks and grim circumstances, yet proceeded with optimism. They are people whose ambitions have been thwarted by a world in which global concepts,
modern media, technology and commerce too often win out over traditional ideals, such as justice.
“In its work with these people, SSI, like the film, highlights the values of dignity and respect and the importance of being independent and self-reliant,” Ms Roumeliotis said.
Funds raised from the charity screening will support programs that help refugees and people seeking asylum integrate into the community; programs that sustain their health and wellbeing.