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Do Not Resist, Human Rights Film Festival Review

Do Not Resist | Craig Atkinson The opening scenes of Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist are confronting in their similarity to scenes of war. Heavy military grade transportation – Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles – roll down streets. Police wearing what appears to be military-issued gear fire tear gas into a crowd of protesters where…

Constance on the Edge, Human Rights Film Festival Review

Constance on the Edge | Belinda Mason In 2005 Constance and her family, refugees from war torn South Sudan’s Agoro, settled in Wagga Wagga, regional New South Wales, on a humanitarian visa. Belinda Mason’s Constance on the Edge follows Constance and her family as they settle into life in Wagga. Confronting racism, depression, drug addiction,…

Delving beyond the politicised asylum seeker debate

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees Rosemary Sayer Margaret River Press As the major political parties in Australia shifted into election mode earlier this year, the topic of refugees was almost always one that elicited an emotional response, with questions like ‘who are these people?’, ‘why did they come here?’ and ‘why should we…

What it means to be a refugee in Australia

Younis Yousefi, My House, 2004, unfired clay handpainted Pictures in my Heart: Seeking Refuge – Afghanistan to Australia Fiona Hamilton Wakefield Press Noted French novelist Marcel Proust once claimed that “only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees”. In Fiona Hamilton’s book Pictures in my Heart, Seeking Refuge –…

Human rights off the table?

Street scene in Beijing This article was originally published at G20 Watch Given that the G20 is being billed as the most significant leadership meeting that Australia has ever hosted and will ‘address the global growth challenge in an ambitious and meaningful way” we need to ask where the discussion on human rights is taking place.…

We Steal Secrets Film Review

This article was originally published at Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks promised an in-depth look into the creation and inner workings of one of the most famous media organisations in the world. Gibney, of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) fame, marketed the documentary as…