Last night I co-hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. This powerful documentary looks at the circumstances and decisions that lead someone to become a ‘boat person’. In making this film, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi met with 250 asylum seekers across Indonesia. In the words of the asylum seekers themselves, their stories are told.
We were also very privileged to have Jessie Taylor speak before the screening.
Jessie highlighted that there are a number of practical actions we can all take to both advocate for more humane refugee policy and to assist those refugees & asylum seekers in Australia.
* The wonderful Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has a list of ways you can get involved and also produce excellent fact sheets & mythbusters to assist you in discussing these issues. *Amnesty International also has useful resources on refugee issues if you’d like to learn more.
* Write to your federal Member of Parliament: Oxfam have some tips on how to do this.
*Spread the word: host a screening or encourage friends, family and colleagues to watch Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea film. Doco is available to buy for $20 here: http://deepblueseafilm.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deepblueseafilm
*Volunteer: there are a range of organisations that work to support asylum seekers and refugees. For example, you could tutor refugees in homework programs. See Refugee Council’s list of organisations in your community.
For those in Ballarat, my Mum, Margaret and her friend Carmel are hosting an afternoon tea to raise funds for asylum seekers & their families on Thursday 12 December:
Christmas in Detention
Many asylum seekers are spending their fifth year in detention in Australia.
Come and show your support for human rights in Australia and help assist these people and their families.
Afternoon Tea: Thursday 12 December
Location: 30 Waller Ave Ballarat at 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: Pamela Curr, Refugee Rights Co-ordinator from ASRC Melbourne will speak on Australia’s present Immigration policy and its repercussions.
Inquiries 0401 175 045 / 53322103
Stalls, entrance prizes
Entry $15.00 Conc $10.00
Proudly supported by: Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council & House of Welcome