A NEW web-series about the experience of new refugees arriving and adapting to life in Tasmania has been launched at the Moonah Arts Centre.
‘Thread’, a series of five short-films, was officially launched by Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.
While fictional, the films were devised and based on the real experiences of some of the participants settling in a new location and the inherent struggles in feeling accepted and belonging.
“It is wonderful to see young Tasmanians from different backgrounds using the power of filmmaking to share their stories,” Ms Archer said.
“This can be a confronting process, so I commend the participants in the Thread initiative for their immense courage and openness in telling their stories and experiences.”
The project was the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker, Mast Films Director Lucien Simon.
“I created THREAD because I wanted to produce a program that gave people a chance to connect – a program that explored our similarities and celebrated our differences,” Mr Simon said.
“I wanted us to work together to create a document that built understanding and empathy, not just for the migrant and refugee but also for the person who is afraid of change, for the person who embraces racism.”
The cast and crew consisted of experienced professionals, emerging actors and filmmakers, students from Claremont College and members of the refugee and new arrival community.
“This is about community connection, healing and together creating a space where we all feel that we belong,” Mr Simon said.
“It’s a powerful message and I hope readers watch the films and are inspired to make new connections with these beautiful communities and people.”
To view the Thread films visit www.2trailsmedia.com/THREAD.
Caption: From left, Fatemeh Abasi, Fabrice A Bisimiwa, Wanru Wu, Atak Ngor, local Liberal Member for Clark the Hon Elise Archer MP, Vincent Wei and Ji Li.