MY STORY, MY WAY EXHIBITION
8 JUNE - 29 JUNE 2022

My Story My Way

My Story, My Way is an art competition and exhibition facilitated by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) and featuring the artwork of young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds.

The collection of artworks has been created during ARA’s Youth Hangout Program, in school art classes and at people’s homes. The artists have captured memories of their past, poignant moments in life and reflections on their experience of moving between worlds.

Accompanying the exhibition is an Artist Market showcasing artworks from people of all ages from refugee or migrant backgrounds. Selected artworks are available for sale. My Story, My Way exhibition also features a series of short films presented as part of the Ghan International Film Festival Australia. See below for more information about the films. 

My Story My Way

The exhibition coincides with SA Refugee Week (19 June - 25 June 2022) and complements the ARA and Hawke Centre Conversation.

Supporting the work of the Australian Refugee Association, Nexus Arts will present Healing (Saturday 25 June, 7.30pm). This concert, featuring performances by Zuhir Naji & Saleh Al Mansoor will be presented during SA Refugee Week 2022, with all profits being donated to Australian Refugee Association.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Australian Refugee Association (ARA)

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GHAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA

My Story My Way

This year marks the 7th year of the home grown Ghan International Film Festival Australia (GIFFA), which started in Adelaide in 2016 by a refugee Afghan film maker Fahim Hashimy and his team. This thriving event now runs for 4 days and screens across Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney from October each year. As always, proceeds from GIFFA support education and nutrition programs for street children in Kabul capital of Afghanistan.

In addition to short films of high artistic merit by unknown film makers, highlights from previous GIFFAs have included special screenings of films such as Letter to the President by Roya Sadat, Hava, Maryam, Ayesha by Sharaa Karimi, and the Oscar award nominated film Boz Kashi Boys.

What was originally a rare opportunity for emerging Afghan film makers to show their work to international audiences has now become almost a lifeline for creativity and activism under the current state of oppression, hardship and turmoil in Afghanistan. The 2022 GIFFA will be presented later this year, and will include the opportunity to hear talks with acclaimed international speakers, who will explain how the current situation in Afghanistan is being reflected though the film medium. The program has also been expanded to include films from the wider region.

Come along to show your support and be inspired by the astounding capacity, determination and visual beauty embodied in the GIFFA selections. Visit the GIFFA website to discover more about the Ghan International Film Festival Australia.

Highlights from past festivals will be shown, alongside the My Story, My Way Exhibition, including:

  • The Road directed by Fahim Hashimy
  • Protector directed by Abdulhamid Mandgar
  • Hello directed by Arwin Arwin
  • Regret directed by Abdul Wakeel Amarkhail
  • Under the Red Light directed by Hasiba Ehbrahimi
  • The Last Moments directed by Zabiullah Saifi Askari
  • Crow & Pigeon directed by Khadim Hussain Benham

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OTHER REFUGEE WEEK EVENTS

HEALING: CONCERT FOR REFUGEE WEEK 2022
SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2022, 7.30PM

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Nexus Arts presents Healing: Concert for Refugee Week 2022. Drawing on this year’s theme for Refugee Week, Healing will feature performances from musicians including Zuhir Naji and Saleh Al Mansoor, with more to be announced.

Join us for this moment of reflection, with all profits from the evening donated to the Australian Refugee Association.

Tickets are available from the Nexus Arts website

Presented by Nexus Arts. All profits from this event will be donated to Australian Refugee Association (ARA)

 

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 PRESENTED BY
THE BOB HAWKE PRIME MINISTERIAL CENTRE 
AND 
AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE ASSOCIATION (ARA)

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FILMS COURTESY OF GHAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA

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While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.