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Heartlands 2016 Arts Project: Stories from Refugee Youth

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21 Jun

The Heartlands 2016 Arts Project focuses on young people from refugee backgrounds who use film to tell their stories. Transcending cultural barriers, insights into the communal nature of humanity are revealed.

As the global number of displaced persons has risen to over 60 million, the Heartlands project gives young refugees the opportunity to share aspects of their lives with the broader community.

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  • Young people from wide range of refugee backgrounds have created short movies to tell the stories about their lives and communities, while celebrating togetherness in their shared circumstances as refugees.

    Hailing from countries including Somalia, Burma, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Egypt and Pakistan, the young filmmakers highlight their passions, hopes, dreams and journeys in a series of narratively disparate but emotionally connected short films.

    "This year we are witnessing the largest refugee crisis in history. The number of displaced people around the globe is now over 60 million – more than at the end of World War II," said AMES Australia CEO Cath Scarth.

    "The Heartlands project gives cinematic insight into some of the communities who have found a safe haven in Australia in recent years."

    Young filmmaker Abdul Ibrahim, who fled the civil war in Somalia as a small child, said: “Heartlands is a fantastic opportunity for me to share the story of my community – its achievements and its challenges - with a wide audience.”