Children Deported: Farida
(17 min) Afghanistan/Norway
Director: Ragnhild Sorheim
Nine-year-old Farida was deported to Afghanistan in February of 2015, after almost four years in Norway. A country she has never been to before, with a language and a culture that is foreign to her. She misses her friends, her school and the safety of the small town Dokka. The short documentary emphasizes the human consequences of the Norwegian asylum policy. Despite strong ties to the country, several children have been deported from Norway over the past few years. In situations like these, where the children are the most innocent and vulnerable, their voices deserve to be heard. In this portrait, Farida gets to tell her story for the first time. We follow her new life in an unknown Kabul, where she talks about her longing for Norway and the future that so abruptly was taken away from her.
Cast from the Storm
(72 min) Australia
Director: David Mason
New country. New school. New life. After fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East, many teenagers find themselves facing a brand new stage—beyond the horror they've endured along the way, high-school in Sydney, Australia, is a vastly different challenge. Yet with the help of an innovative theatre program, a unique opportunity awaits. When a group of survivors hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Serbia meet after school to share their incredible personal experiences, they each realize they are not alone. As they confront their darkest memories, a powerful transformation begins. Revealing "Storm Stories"—the stories that made them refugees —and mastering them for the stage, is a cathartic yet problematic process, and the group face a range of disasters on opening night. Steering the ship are three passionate teachers under enormous pressure to provide every child with a bright future. Cast from the Storm provides a raw and intimate insight into this turbulent and deeply moving journey. As the curtains are raised, silence descends. For some students, this will be the performance of their lives.
Panel Discussion/Q& A: Panelists TBD. 30 minute panel discussion following the film.
Ticket Price: $8 ($6 for students and members)