Broken Time

BROKEN TIME is a short film that was developed through a unique collaboration between Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor (UHMs) - young refugees - settlement support and homelessness sector case workers, and filmmakers.

The film draws on case studies and experiences that tell a story and highlight the issues faced by a very vulnerable sector of the community.

An image of Ali, an Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor, from the film Broken Time.

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Video transcript

When you’re a young refugee, recently arrived in Australia, alone with no family, life is even harder.

The film charts the journey of Ali, an Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor (UHM), shunted from one accommodation to another, until he falls back on the survival instinct that has accompanied him on his long journey from a now distant homeland. Alone, he takes to the streets, confronting further trials and challenges on a journey that seems to have no end in sight.

A UHM is a person under 18 years of age without a parent or relative 21 years or older. They have been found to be a refugee under Australia's Offshore Humanitarian Program or have been granted a Protection Visa in Australia.

UHMs are up to 10 times more likely to experience periods of homelessness than Australian-born young people.

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The DVD is $20.00 including postage and handling.

BROKEN TIME was developed by SSI with support from Yfoundations.

The project was funded by The Australia Council for the Arts.

Five facts about youth homelessness:

  • Youth from a refugee background are up to 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than Australian-born youth. (MYAN Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors in Australia Policy Paper 2012).
  • In 2006, people under the age of 30 comprised 75% of Australia’s humanitarian intake compared with 59% in 1997. (CMYI Settling In: How do Refugee Young People Fair Within Australia’s Settlement System 2007).
  • Settlement data shows that between 2006–2011, NSW and Victoria received almost 60% of the national youth humanitarian entrants (Keeping Their Hopes Alive 2012).
  • According to ABS statistics, it is estimated that 43% of the total number of people experiencing homelessness in Australia are under the age of 25 (Yfoundations Youth Homelessness Facts and Figures 2014).
  • Young people experiencing homelessness in Australia often seek out the support of a Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS). In 2012–2013, one-fifth of requests (45,000) for housing support via a SHS came from people between the ages of 15 to 24. Sixty three percent of requests were from females (Yfoundations Youth Homelessness Facts and Figures 2014).