REFUGEE WEEK SCREENINGS AT CINEMA NOVA
Refugee Week (Sunday 19 June – Saturday 25 June) raises awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrates the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. This year’s theme “With courage let us all combine” is taken from the second verse of the Australian national anthem. Cinema Nova is screening two films that address the political and humanitarian issues faced by us all combined, with regards to the current asylum seeker policy in Australia.
CHASING ASYLUM, Eva Orner’s documentary is now showing and is currently the second-most successful film at the Cinema Nova Box Office.
CHASING ASYLUM director Eva Orner said, “I’m so pleased and grateful that the Australian public has embraced and supported the film. All Australians should see this film especially before they cast their vote in the upcoming elections. I’m still waiting on a comment from the Australian government and my offer of a free ticket to Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten is still open.” The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.
A record-breaking seventh Q&A at Cinema Nova for CHASING ASYLUM is now on sale. All CHASING ASYLUM Q&A events at Cinema Nova to date have sold out which reflects the enthusiasm from the Nova audience to participate in a deep discussion about the current political issues facing asylum seekers. Eva Orner will be in conversation with Erik Jensen, editor of The Saturday Paper on Wednesday 29 June at 6.45pm. This election week encore Q&A will dissect the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies.
To celebrate Refugee Week, Cinema Nova will also be screening a short film about asylum seeker teenagers, THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) alongside selected sessions of the Oscar Nominated Feature Film MUSTANG from 23 June – 26 June.
Nora Niasari, writer and director of THE PHOENIX said, “THE PHOENIX provides audiences a rare and authentic glimpse into the hidden world of an Australian detention centre. With the looming elections, we are at a tipping point and these Refugee Week screenings are an opportunity to reflect upon the countless human beings with memories, emotions and dreams who are desperate for freedom and belonging.”
THE PHOENIX follows exiled Iranian actor Mr Farid as he teaches theatre to reluctant asylum seeker teenagers inside an Australian Detention Centre. The short film stars the acclaimed pre-revolution Iranian actor Manouchehr Farid in his first acting role in 35 years since fleeing Iran. Nora developed the script for THE PHOENIX whilst interviewing asylum seekers in detention and meeting Manouchehr Farid through the Melbourne Iranian community.
Tickets for the CHASING ASYLUM Q&A with Eva Orner and Erik Jensen on Wednesday 29 June are on sale now.
Tickets for the eight sessions of THE PHOENIX screening with MUSTANG will be released on Tuesday 21 June.
To learn more about CHASING ASYLUM visit chasingasylum.com.au
To learn more about THE PHOENIX short film visit phoenixshortfilm.com
Tickets can be purchased via the Cinema Nova website or Box Office.