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Join the Amnesty International Tasmania for a special screening of the uplifting documentary Cast From the Storm at the State Cinema in Hobart followed by a Q&A with Treehouse Theatre director Catherine Maguire-Donvito and President George Rosier …

What: Special event screening of the film ‘Cast From the Storm’ followed by Q&A with Treehouse Theatre director and president
When: 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Monday 10 July 2017
Where: State Cinema, North Hobart

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2162236010669633/

Tickets $20 full/ $17 concession available for purchase online at http://www.statecinema.com.au/Promotion/Amnesty-International-Cast-From-The-Storm-Qa or in person at the cinema.

Cast From the Storm tells the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with two of the lead subjects from the film – Treehouse Theatre President George Rosier and co-founder, Creative Producer & Supervising Psychologist Catherine Maguire-Donvito.

“This film shows an entirely new perspective on the issue of refugees, focussed on the children who have no decision-making power or control over their own fates and whose suffering does not end once they reach safety in Australia. The film turns the usual negative portrayal of refugees in the media on its head and documents an honest and heartwarming journey by showing a balanced picture of these children’s realities.” – Amnesty Volunteer, Theresa Bourke.

“Those who attend the event will not only be in for a great movie night but will gain further insight into the lives of the very children on screen, and others just like them, through a Q&A with the guests from Treehouse Theatre. The guests speak honestly about the trials and tribulations, as well as the challenges and rewards that come from running such a unique program and working with refugee children every day.” – Theresa Bourke.

“Something that I think is so important to remember, is that this could so easily be us. To think of refugees as the enemy is almost to forget they are human, and to thrust your fears upon them leads to these humans being robbed of their human rights. What a lot of people don’t realise is that seeking asylum is not against the law, and it is in fact Australia that is breaking international laws in its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. I can’t imagine anyone would be chanting to turn back the boats if it were their own family fighting for survival. We must always remember and appreciate our privilege, and continue educating ourselves about the experience and perspective of others. This film provides a vital part of that education.” – Theresa Bourke

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty Tasmania’s Refugee Rights Network meets at 6:00pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Hobart Action Centre – 1/130 Macquarie St. New members welcome.

Alex Kline