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UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is the proud supporting partner of the Features program which showcases the very best new cinema from around the world. Discover captivating stories from great cinematic storytellers. See prizewinners from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be known. Browse the program here.

The partnership builds on a long history of creative connections between UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and the Sydney Film Festival with a number of UNSW students, staff and alumni involved in this year's event

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences @ Sydney Film Festival 2017

Meet the Directors – Stories of Refugees and Forced Migration

Please join Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Professor of Comparative Film and Cultural Studies, ARC Professorial Future Fellow in conversation with...

Arash Kamali Sarvestani and Behrouz Boochani
Directors of Chauka Please Tell Us the time

Su Goldfish
Director of The Last Goldfish

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Two films, two journeys, and two stunning cinematic voices that remind us how close all of us are to the terrifying uncertainty of being a refugee. Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, whose incarceration on Manus island has not silenced his professional commitment to telling us mainlanders what he sees, what he knows, and why it is our responsibility to change things for the better, but whose life is otherwise, excruciatingly, on hold. Su is an Australian woman discovering the traumatic forced migration of her father, the story of the family her father had to leave behind, and the impact his experiences, and his silence, had on his family and on Su’s sense of being in the world. Her father’s response to being a refugee was to say “I just want to be a citizen of the world”, Manfred no longer believed in nations, religions or borders. But what did that make Su?

In these films, there is a sense that the true complexities life must be acknowledged and faced, if the world, and perhaps especially for these films, Australia, is to find its own road home.

Each story of forced migration is a story about all of us, the world we inhabit and the worlds we make one with another. The films explore the central contradiction of life – it is long, various and horribly short. The voice of the refugee is the sound of human life speaking aloud – demanding the basics of a complex life: time, history, and enduring relationships with other people. These film-makers remind us how close we all are to the precariousness of conflict, and the possible agony of leaving home.

Please note that Behrouz Boochani will be speaking via audio link up.

Revisit UNSW Arts & Social Sciences @ Sydney Film Festival 2016

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SFF comes to campus 2016: Refugees on Film – Cinema without Borders

On Wednesday 15 June, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences together with Sydney Film Festival hosted a lively panel discussion exploring how cinema can cross borders - portraying them as a place not to divide and exclude, but as meeting places where different people, ideas, images and sounds intermingle freely.

Featuring two special guests from Sydney Film Festival - Belinda Mason and Constance Okot, from the film Constance on the Edge - our panellists all study, teach, research or make films that look beyond divisive borderlines to gateways for greater human understanding and tolerance.

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