Refugee Day 7pm, Thursday 20 JUNE 20, State Library of Victoria

To mark Refugee Day on Thursday 20 June, RISE and the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) present an evening of film, performance and discussion at the State Library.

New Land, New Life brings together narratives of perseverance, struggle and triumphs direct from the community. The event is a space to hear, share, discuss and proudly acknowledge Australia’s refugee communities. 

The evening features a screening of New Life, New Land, a twenty minute documentary that tells inspiring stories of five refugees from the Horn of Africa who are making a new life in a new land. The three men and two women featured in the film have all achieved real success in their new lives.

The documentary narrates their struggle, successes and hopes for the future, using a brand of humor and emotion that reflects the lives these five local heroes have created for themselves.

RISE Art Director Tania says the event is like no other you will find on the refugee celebrations calendar.  “New Land, New Life comes direct from our refugee and migrant communities in a non-sensationalised manner. These are real people, real stories and real communities,” she said. 

The screening will be followed by live spoken word, theatre performances and a panel discussion with Director Abdi Malik Osman and two of the refugees featured in the film Deng Adut and Idil Abdullahi , plus guests. 

New Land, New Life is a RISE and ICV event.

Media contacts: Art Director Tania Canas 0400 24 10 72, or Feriyal Glaidous 0401 941 302


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