Films and photo exhibitions for your events

Screen a film

Screening a film is a powerful way of taking people on a journey, of allowing them the time and space to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Every film has a different story that will resonate with different people.

The films available are suitable for different audiences: new to the issue/persuadable audiences and rusted on supporters. Before you pick a film think about which groups of people you are trying to talk to and why.

1. Cast from the Storm

This is a positive film for people new to the issue or persuadable audiences, it’s sad, happy, hopeful and will build a connection between them and the kids.

Asfar, Maryam and Wiam face the usual challenges of navigating high school – with one difference. They were forced to leave their home countries and everything they knew behind. Now in Australia, they must start not only a new school, in a new country – but also a new life.

Check out the trailer here.

Contact your local Action Centre for a copy of this film for your community screening.

Use these materials to promote your screening: film poster and these postcards for the kids involved: Ali, Asfar, Omid, Sally and Yasser.

2. Freedom stories

This is another film for the new and persuadable audiences.

Freedom Stories explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001, a defining year in Australian politics. Locked in remote detention centres and then placed on temporary protection visas, their limbo lasted for years. Now, Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.

There are some great short interviews which you can use to open or close an event.

Check out the trailer here.

Contact your local Action Centre for a copy of these short films for your community screening.

3. Chasing asylum

This film is perfect for the rusted on refugee supporters, it offers a glimpse into the treatment of refugees in Australia’s detention centres.

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.

Check out the trailer here.

Visit the Chasing Asylum website to find out where it is showing and how to hold a screening.

4. Border Politics

This is another film perfect for the rusted on refugee supporters. This feature-length documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the increasing threat to human rights in Western democracies. Burnside argues that political leaders in the West are exploiting fears around border protection, sacrificing refugees and compromising universal human rights.

He challenges the audience to consider their human rights obligations towards the desperate needs of refugees and to force their governments to take a more humane approach.

Check out the trailer here.

Visit the Border Politics website to find out where it is showing and how to hold a screening.

Photo exhibition materials

Share online or print and display at events to tell the story in an effective and visually engaging way. Contact your action centre if you require higher-quality images.

  • Faces of hope – 11 A3 photo series with captions following three refugee families who have successfully settled in Australia.
  • Out of sight, out of mind -16 A3 photos with captions from Refugee Campaigner Graham Thom’s travels of refugee camps and detention centres across Asia.
  • You can also use our Manus drawings, created by our former Refugee Campaign Coordinator and talented artist Graeme McGregor, which powerfully depict the harrowing conditions at the Manus detention centre during his 2012 visit.

Short videos

  • The Truth about Refugees (2014, 3:44) A moving and thought-provoking short video created by Amnesty activist and young filmmaker Mary Tran, to highlight the plight of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres. Watch and share on social media.
  • When You Don’t Exist (2012, 2:10) – A short clip produced for Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.
  • Inside Manus Island Panel Discussion (2014, 1:25:25) This video provides a thorough briefing on the Papua New Guinea National Court Inquiry into the Manus Island Detention Centre and features Amnesty International, Human Rights Law Centre and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


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