Go Back to Where You Came From – Public Screening @ Bella Union 30th August

Arts in Action in partnership with Amnesty International is proud to host a free public screening of the finale of the SBS Documentary “Go Back to Where you Came From” as part of the August Social Action Film Night.

People are invited to come together at Bella Union on August 30th for 8pm start to enjoy some pre sreening entertainment, watch the show, discuss the issues, and find out how to get involved to campaign for more humane policies that protect refugees’ human rights.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Award winning stand up comedian Damian Callinan, will kick off the evening with his character 9 year old Nathan Houlihan, followed by Benjamin Solah, writer, poet and refugee activist performing spoken word poems which focus on the plight of refugees trying to seek asylum in Australia.

PANEL DISCUSSION: A special panel of experts made up of representatives from local asylum seeker organisations will lead a post screening discussion around the contentious issue of refugees and asylum seekers. Liz Walsh (Refugee Action Collective) Sophie Dutertre (ASRC) Samantha Ratnam (Greens Candidate Moreland) John Gulzari (Shamama Association of Australia representing Hazaras). Be part of the audience to tackle the debate and discuss your reactions and views.

VOICELESS JOURNEYS – is a multi-art project that aims to celebrate the cultural diversity and raise awareness about the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds who had left their countries as a result of internal problems or conflicts to make their life in Australia; people who positively shape our communities. A series of evocative black and white photographic portraits and stories will be projected on the big screen and Founder Desh Balasubramaniam of Ondru Arts will introduce this extraordinary project and and how we can support it.

So come along and be part of the action! Venture out to Bella Union and be part of something bigger … a bigger lounge room…a bigger screen…spiced wine, celebrity guests, expert panel and more!

SCREENING DETAILS

WHEN: Thursday 30th August 2012

WHERE: Bella Union – Trades Hall Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Parade, Carlton (enter via Lygon St)

TIME: DOOR & BAR OPEN from 6.30 pm for 8.00pm start (come early to reserve a seat and enjoy a drink at the bar with friends)

This is a FREE unticketed event and seats are limited. Donations will be accepted on the night with funds raised going to a local asylum seeker organisation.

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Celebrity Cast for the Second Season..

Six prominent faces from Australian politics, television and radio, some with outspoken views on refugees and asylum seekers and others with a connection to the debate, are set to get the nation talking when they feature in the second instalment of the groundbreaking and multi award winning SBS documentary series, Go Back to Where You Came From.

Last year, six ordinary Australians challenged their preconceived notions of refugees and asylum seekers by experiencing a confronting 25 day refugee journey in reverse. Deprived of their wallets, phones and passports, they boarded a leaky refugee boat, were rescued mid ocean, experienced immigration raids in Malaysia, lived in Kenyan refugee camps and visited slums in Jordan before ultimately making it to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, protected by UN Peacekeepers and the US military. Series 1 Website.

This year, the six faces known to many Australians who will experience the life-risking journey when the series returns with new twists and turns, are:

Angry Anderson – Australian rock music legend, conservative political activist and aspiring National Party candidate.

Peter Reith – former Howard Government senior cabinet minister, including Minister for Defence from 2000-2001.

Imogen Bailey – actress widely known for her role as Nicola West in Australian soap Neighbours, and animal rights activist.

Allan Asher – former Commonwealth Ombudsman, outspoken consumer advocate.

Catherine Deveny – writer, comedian and social commentator.

Michael Smith – former radio shock jock with 2UE and 4BC.

The 3 night television event starts Tuesday 28 August on SBS ONE

Watch the Series 2 Trailer

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