Justice for Refugees SA seeks to educate South Australians on issues around refugees and asylum seekers

If you're wanting to start a conversation with a friend or family member about refugees and the need to change policy here are some resources that could be of interest:

  • Our Stories has worked in collaboration with refugees to create four interactive stories. Go through David's here
  • Watch a video and read about 'Surviving the Ocean of Depression', created in collaboration with Dulwich Centre here
  • Across Land and Sea: Muzafar's true story of leaving Afghanistan in search of a better life in Australia. Explore his story here 

There are also some interesting statistics about the economic cost of offshore detention in comparison to living in the community on a bridging visa on the Kaldor Centre's website

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  • Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017)
    Directed by Behrouz Boochani and Arash Kamali Sarvestani
    Behrouz Boochani, a journalist who was persecuted for his journalism in Iran, was forced into hiding and fled Iran in 2013. He was intercepted by Australian authorities while attempting a boat crossing from Indonesia to Australia and incarcerated in the Manus Island detention centre. Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time was shot byBoochani from inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea.
  • Chasing Asylum (2016)
    Directed by Eva Orner
    Chasing Asylum 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. Chasing Asylum explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny—destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.
  • Cast from the Storm (2016)
    Directed by David Mason
    Cast from the Storm is an award-winning Australian documentary that tells a tender story of transformation, acceptance and belonging.
  • Freedom Stories (2015)
    Directed by Steve Thomas
    Freedom Stories is a documentary-based project that brings together a collection of personal stories from former asylum seekers who sought asylum in Australia at a time of great political turmoil circa 2001, but who have long since dropped out of the media spotlight.
  • When Mary Met Mohammad (2013)
    Directed by Heather Kirkpatrick
    This film features Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member, Mary, and Muslim-Afghan Hazara asylum seeker, Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
  • Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2013)
    Directed by Jessie Taylor
    When she was 9 years old, Zainab’s parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan. They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers.
  • Leaky Boats (2011)
    Directed by Victoria Midwinter-Pitt
    Leaky Boats is a moving documentary about how the Australian Government used the refugee boats as a mechanism to boost its standing in the polls during the election to clinch a victory.