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Refugee Week film screening


Tuesday 20 June 2023 from 10am to 12pm

Come and watch powerful films focusing on the plight of refugees and people seeking asylum in finding freedom.

Lovren: My life as a refugee

In this short documentary, professional footballer Dejan Lovren, shares his family’s story and experience as a refugee. His family was forced to flee their village in central Bosnia Herzegovina at the beginning of the war in 1992, when he was just 3 years old. They ended up in Munich in Germany, where they lived as refugees for 7 years before moving to Croatia to start a new life.

The film will be interpreted in Chinese followed by refreshments.

The Swimmers

Two young Syrian sisters flee their war-torn home in Damascus. They swim for hours in choppy Mediterranean seas to reach Greece as asylum seekers before going on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The film is in English with Chinese subtitles.

Rating: PG-13

Bookings essential for these free screenings

Refugee Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the contributions which refugees bring to Australia. It's also a time when all Australians are encouraged to educate themselves about the issues that affect refugees, as well as listen to the stories of those seeking asylum.

The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is Finding Freedom. It raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees. The theme aims to highlight aspects of the refugee experience and help the broader community to understand what it is like to be a refugee.

We aim to present inclusive and accessible events. If you have any particular access or communication needs, please contact Winnie Koit on 02 9298 3103 or

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