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Sydney – Sydney Film Festival

5 June 2019 @ 8:00 am - 16 June 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The 66th Sydney Film Festival  is screening, amongst others, three films exploring and raising awareness of the refugee experience:

THE DEPOSIT: https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/the-deposit

Directed by Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir – 2019 88 minutes
Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir’s assured feature debut focuses on a journalist who invites three immigrant women to share her house in Reykjavik. Division and discord soon arise.

Kjartansdóttir’s intelligent adaptation of Auður Jonsdottir’s 2006 novel looks at the relatively new phenomenon of immigration in Iceland. After quitting her newspaper job, Gisella decides to write about meaningful topics, such as the terrible living conditions of migrant women Marisol, Abeba and Luna. Her decision to invite them into her house frames a rewarding drama about idealism, respect and the priceless human quality of empathy.

Sat 8 June 2pm Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Sun 9 June 4:15pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2


MIDNIGHT TRAVELER: https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/midnight-traveler

Directed by Hassan Fazili – 2019 USA, Qatar, Canada, UK 101 minutes Unclassified 15+
The documentary of the Fazili family’s search for a safe haven has moved audiences worldwide and won prizes at Berlinale, San Francisco, Sundance and Thessaloniki film festivals.

Filmmaker Hassan Fazili was forced to leave Afghanistan when he made a television documentary featuring a Taliban leader who’d abandoned violence. Hassan, his filmmaker wife Fatima and their two young daughters fled for their lives. Using mobile phones, the family recorded their experiences as they reeled from one country to another, often waiting months for the outcome of yet another visa application. Nargis, Zahra, and their parents start out buoyant but the pressures of spending day after day in refugee camps soon take their toll. This vérité film reveals the tragedy and the horror of the family’s lengthy pursuit of asylum, particularly poignant when seen through the lens of the two young girls.

Thu 13 June 6:40pm Event Cinemas George St 9
Sun 16 June 12:15pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2

SANCTUARY: https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/sanctuary

Directed by Kaye Harrison – 2018 Australia 85 minutes Unclassified 15+
The intimate story of Khaled, a young man struggling to hold onto his humanity as he searches 10 years, across continents, for peace and freedom.

Khaled was born Iraqi but raised in the Netherlands by his journalist father. At 18, he travelled to Baghdad to visit his sick mother, and ended up working as an interpreter for the Coalition Forces. As insurgent violence escalated, he tried to leave but his Dutch papers were not in order. Khaled was suddenly someone to be feared and treated inhumanely: he spends the next ten years as a refugee travelling the world trying to find sanctuary.

Wed 12 June 6:15pm Event Cinemas George St


5 June 2019 @ 8:00 am
16 June 2019 @ 5:00 pm