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December 2016

Freedom Stories Feature Doco to Screen on Community TV  Despite wide acclaim, hundreds of community screenings and popular demand, neither ABC nor SBS have seen fit to screen Freedom Stories on national television. However we are very happy that a number of Community Television stations are participating in screenings very soon. Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide and […]

Refugee Week June 2016

Refugee Week 2016 With the generous support of the hardworking folk at the Refugee Council of Australia we had over 200 screenings of Freedom Stories during Refugee Week this year (June 19-25th). The screenings were organized in schools, cinemas, community halls, libraries and backyards across Australia in places as far flung as Kununurra West Australia, Toowoomba […]

Refugee Council hosts Sydney Screening April 2016

The Refugee Council of Australia hosted a packed cinema screening of Freedom Stories in conjunction with ‘cinema on demand’ platform Fanforce on Weds 20 April 2016, in Sydney’s Dendy Quays cinema. Director Steve Thomas and documentary participant Amir Javan were in attendance, with Tim O’Connor from the RCOA hosting the Q&A. The Refugee Council announced that Freedom Stories […]

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NSW Teachers Federation

Haunting stories of freedom Amber Flohm Multicultural Officer,  NSW Teachers Federation   On August 5 2016, teachers, artists, university students, Federation and Department officers and members from migrant and refugee community organisations came together to be provoked, enthralled and appalled while viewing Steve Thomas’ documentary Freedom Stories. Freedom Stories follows recently arrived refugees and their […]

bRAyVE REVIEW by Cathy Bray September 2016

In April this year I went to the FREEDOM STORIES Sydney screening hosted by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) two months before Refugee Week, with a slight feeling of dread at what would surely be a depressing expose of the impact of Australia’s inhumane policies and treatment of asylum-seekers. Two months later I made […]

Canberra refugee Mustafa Jawadi shares story of freedom

Canberra Times, by Emma Kelly Published: November 13, 2015 – 11:30PM Mustafa Jawadi was just seven years old when his family fled war-torn Afghanistan, eventually smuggled by boat towards Australia. The boat they were shuffled on to caught fire and sank. Two people died. Mr Jawadi’s family then spent three years detained on Nauru. It was only when […]

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There are many ways to contribute to the Freedom Stories Project:
We are very grateful for all donations we have received so far, and they have come in all sizes from a few dollars, to larger grants. Every donation received from now on will contribute to our ongoing outreach and educational work around Australia. Our aim is to screen the film to as many Australians as possible, but this takes resources and expertise. All tax deductible donations can be made via our page on the Documentary Australia Foundation website

One of the best ways to help and participate in this project is to put your hand up to host a screening. Not only will you help to get the word out that refugees and former asylum seekers are contributing to our community, you will enjoy watching the film with your friends, family and community.
Go to the screenings section of the website to see how easy it is to host a screening, and to find out about the flexible range of screening options we have developed.

Anyone can register to be on our mailing list and it is a great way to stay in touch with future screenings and events. We always need interested supporters who are willing to spread the word about future screenings among their own networks.


Please get in touch if you would like to host a screening, or if you have a question about Freedom Stories.

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