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Social Action Film Nights

Launch Date: 31st May, 2012
Event Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Presenter: Arts in Action
Website: http://artsinaction.com.au/

Social Action Film Nights


Arts in Action proudly presents a screening of  the acclaimed asylum seeker documentary Mary Meets Mohammad, by Heather Kirkpatrick. The film follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. The film was a 2013 Walkley Award Finalist and a finalist in Australia’s Outstanding Documentary Talent Award 2013.

"Mary Meets Mohammed is a timely and relevant story told with great sensitivity and subtlety. The judges were unanimous in their support for this documentary, as it showcases the tenacity and skill of the filmmaker in her capture of a charming narrative that unfolds to reveal a confronting and nuanced relationship – one that is both unexpected and profound in its depiction of personal transformation. Mary Meets Mohammed allows viewers to engage in a humane way with a volatile political issue
Walkley Award Judges. 2013

The film opens with the federal government’s surprise announcement to build Tasmania’s first detention centre for 400 male asylum seekers at Pontville, on the outskirts of Hobart. The local community erupts with hostility as the Department of Immigration hold a public meeting two weeks later.

When a suggestion is made to knit beanies for the asylum seekers at the local knitting club – the response is a mixed one. Knitter and elderly Christian woman Mary is strongly opposed to the Muslim asylum seekers but she is curious to see the ‘luxurious life’ of the detainees so visits the centre a couple of months later as the beanies are delivered. Mary and four other knitters immediately commit to regular visits afterwards.

Their friendships deepen with the Afghan Hazara men inside, as they help knitting and craft activities flourish within the detention centre. Mary and the women shed many prior beliefs about asylum seekers and witness the centre’s first hunger strike. Asylum seeker Mohammad provides revealing insights of life inside the detention centre.

For further information and to view the trailer CLICK HERE

Arts in Action invites you to become a regular at its Social Action Film Nights; a monthly screening program showcasing documentaries that serve to move, challenge and inspire personal and social action. Come along on the last Tuesday of each month and watch stirring, evocative and action focused films, meet local difference makers, support great efforts and join like-minded people in a social and entertaining environment.

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Full Price
 (+$2BF - $20 @ the door)
 (+$2BF - $15 @ the door)
Group Price
 (+$2BF - 5 people plus - not available @ the door)