Refugees on Film – Cinema without Borders

When:15 Jun 2016, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue:The Treasury Room, Sydney Town Hall (main entrance)
Who:UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and Sydney Film Festival
Constance on the Edge

It was widely thought that globalisation would lead to a borderless world. But as many refugees and asylum seekers around the world have discovered, borders are now everywhere.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences together with Sydney Film Festival invite you to join us as we explore 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.

Please join us for this lively panel discussion followed by drinks in the Film Festival Hub (Lower Town Hall).

Free event, bookings essential. If registration is full please contact to register your interest for the waitlist.

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  • Belinda Mason and Constance Okot are both guests of the Sydney Film Festival. Their film Constance on the Edge invites you to walk in the shoes of a Sudanese refugee as she attempts to transform her rural town of Wagga Wagga into a friendlier place (see Festival program for screening times).
  • Dr Caroline Wake is a research fellow at UNSW School of the Arts & Media currently investigating the participation and representation of refugees in cinema, theatre and other performing and visual arts. Her book, Precarious Witness: Seeking Asylum in Australian Law, Performance and Visual Culture, is forthcoming.
  • Zach Karpinellison studies film at UNSW School of the Arts & Media, teaches at Bankstown Senior College, an institution that provides special educational assistance to refugee students, and is a part-time projectionist and scheduler at the Golden Age Cinema, Sydney.


  • Associate Professor Jane Mills has a production background in documentary film, teaches film at UNSW and is writing a book on border-crossing cosmopolitan cinema. She is the Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics and a member of the Sydney Film Festival Film Advisory Panel.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is a proud screening partner of the Sydney Film Festival. Visit the website to find out more about our partnership.