‘Freedom Street’ by Alfred Pek, hosted by Welcome to Maleny
Venue: Maleny RSL Hall, 1 Bunya Street, Maleny, Qld
Doors open: 5:00pm when dinner will be available for purchase by cash only.
Proceedings begins: 6:00pm
Event concludes: 9pm
Cost: $15/10 concession
‘Freedom Street’ by director Alfred Pek, is a multi-award-winning film that explores the harrowing plights of Joniad, Ashfaq and Azizah, three refugees who are affected by the consequences of Australia's policies and are trapped in Indonesia. This feature-length documentary tells their moving stories whilst deconstructing Australia’s cruel border protection policy in a series of conversations with various experts, illuminating the issue in its entire (dark) historical and contemporary context.
Freedom Street provides insight into Australia’s long history of border control and Australian-Indonesian relations which serve to contextualise the struggle of our three protagonists as they look towards an uncertain future. The documentary highlights the cost of Australia’s undemocratic policies, both on the refugees and the Australian taxpayers over the years, while urgently sounding the alarm for meaningful and humane solutions to an ever-worsening issue.
The event will be catered for by Rua Haung Café, Brisbane, serving authentic Rohingya cuisine. Meals will be available for purchase from 5.00pm offering vegan, gluten free and meat dishes, as well as sweets. Meals will be payable by cash only.
The RSL has a fully licensed bar. There will be a range of teas and coffee available by donation.
The film will commence at 6:15pm, after acknowledgements and announcements. The film’s duration is 110 minutes. Following the film there will be a Q&A with the film’s director, Alfred Pek, and some of the stars from Freedom Street via Zoom.
This community event is hosted by Welcome to Maleny - Refugee Advocacy Group Inc.
Saturday 18th June 20225 to 9 pm
RSL Hall, 1 Bunya Street, Maleny, Queensland