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New Beginnings Documentary Screening


Thu 23 Jun 2016, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: hgartrell

Join us for the premier screening of the documentary 'Faraway…So Close to Homeland', directed by independent Syrian film and documentary maker Maher Jamous.

Faraway…So Close to Homeland shows the plight of 10 Syrian refugees – six men and four women – who fled in 2013 to neighbouring Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Thinking they would be away from their homeland for just a short time, they find themselves isolated and alienated, with no return date in sight.

Showing a side to the refugee crisis rarely seen in the Australian media, the film shares the personal stories of 10 individuals seeking refuge. It is particularly poignant as one of the refugees in the documentary, a journalist, was killed in Turkey on 30 December 2015.

Maher Jamous is supported by Ignite Small Business Start-ups, an SSI initiative that facilitates business creation for people from refugee backgrounds who are keen to establish a small business or expand an existing one.

This screening has been supported by Marrickville Council through Open Marrickville. The New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival 2016 is an initiative from Settlement Services International – a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW.