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Stories (and a song) from behind the scenes

A message from Musa Zakizada

There were such great moments I had whilst working on these videos with Anthony and David. I met people whom I was related to them historically, with my Afghan cultural background. I heard their different stories about life, peace and being a man. I learnt respect to earth and ambition of making a peaceful life. I learnt to stay strong for a better future. I learnt what is not answer to a hard time. I learnt to talk to others when I have a problem. I learnt what it means to have children and how we fulfil our lives with them and many more things. Furthermore, I found myself reflected in the men’s stories in different ways.

We understand each other particularly if we have been in the same situation that another person is in. I think my experience of having hard times helped me to appreciate the differences and understand these men’s suffering. The way I looked at them through my camera’s lens was shaped by my empathy with them. In fact, we completed the circle of our historic relationship as Afghan-Aboriginal Australians with these videos.

Luckily, I had the great experience of sharing my story with Anthony in a very friendly and respectful conversation. Perhaps that was why I unconsciously and profoundly responded to what I learnt through meeting the men.

I wish that the men I met achieve the best of their lives in their land Australia.  

Special thanks to David, Anthony and Dulwich Centre Foundation for making this opportunity to me


About this project

This project was facilitated by Dulwich Centre Foundation in collaboration with Centacare, North Queensland. Many people have been involved in Mount Isa, Normanton and Cloncurry! We would particularly like acknowledge the contributions of: Leeanne Harris, Desley Ah Wing, Anthony Newcastle, Musa Zakizada, Bill Morris, Mark-John Winter and Martin Jugadai.

Funding for this project was from:

Centacare, SLT, BRIDGE, RAIFS and Department of Communities.

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